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THE BENSON LIBRARY OF HYMNOLOGY 

Endowed by the Reverend 

Louis Fitzgerald Benson, d.d. 

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LIBRARY OF THE THEOLOGICAL SEMINARY 



PRINCETON, NEW JERSEY 



GOSPEL SONNETS) 



OR, 

SPIRITUAL SONGS, 

IN SIX PARTS. 

J. *The B ELI EVWll* ESPOUSALS. 
H. The BELIF VER's JOINTUPJS. , 
UL The BELIEVER'S RIDDLE. 

IV. The BELIE VER^ LODGING. . 

V. The BELIEVER'S SOLILOQUY. 

VI. The BELIEVER'S PRINCIPLES. 

CONCERNING 

C&eati-on and Redemption, 

Law and Gospel, 

Justification and SanctifiCATJOH, 

Faith and Sfnse, 

Heaven and Earth. 

The TENTH EDI TION, 
In which the Holy Scriptures are extended 

By the late Reverend Mr RALPH ERSKINE, 
Minifter of the Gofpel at Dunfermline 



G L A S G IV : 

Printed by James Knox, and fold at hisShop neav 
the head of the Salt-mercat. 1762, 



SMOKING SPIRITUALIZED, xx2i 

4-trtd whefi the pipe grows foul within, 
Think on thy foul defi 'd with fin; 

For then the fire 

It docs require. 
Thus think, and (moke Tobacco, 

And feeft the allies cad away; 
Then to thyfelf thou mayeft fay, 
Thai to the duft 
Return thou muft. 
Thus think, and fmoke Tobacco. 

PART II. 

Was this (mail plant for thee cut downf 
So was the Plant of great renown; 

Which mercy fends » 

For nobler ends. 
Thus think, and fmoke Tobacco 

Doth juice medicinal proceed 
From fuch a naughty foreign weed ? 

Then what's *hc pow^r 

Of JeffS* flowV ? 
Thus think, and fmoke Tobacco, 

The promife, like the pipe, inlays. 
And by the raouth of faith conveys 
What virtue flows 
From Sharon % role. 
Thus think, and fmoke Tobacce. 

In vain th' unlighted pipe you blow ; 
Your pains in outward means are fa, 
Till hcav'nly fire 
Your heart infpire. 
Thus think, and fmoke Tobacco, 

T&s 



Kxiv SMOKING SPIRITUALIZED. 

The fmoke like< burning incenfe tovv'rs ; 
So (honld a praying heart of yours 
With ardent cries 
Surmount the (Vies. 
Thus think, and fmoke Tobacco* 



GOSPEL 



GOSPEL SONNETS; 

O R, 

SPIRITUAL SONGS 

PART I. 

the BELIEVER'S ESPOUSALS.' 

yf Poem upon Ism mi liv. 5. Thy 
Maker is thy Hufband. 

PREFACE. 

HA R K : dying mortal if the fonnet prove 
A fong of living and immortal love, 
'Tit then thy grand concern the theme to knovj* 
If life and immortality be fo 
Are eyes to read, or ears to hear a trufl P 
Shall both in death be cram' d anon with dufi f 
Then trifle not to pleafe thine ear and eye? 
But read thou, hear thou, for etftnity. 
Vurfue not flyariews wing'd, but be thy chafe?. 
The Cod of glory on the field of grace ; 
The mighty hunter's name is lofl and vai*+ 
That rum not this fubjiantial prize to gain. 
Thefe humble lines ajfume no hi >h pretence? 
To pleafe thy fa 'icy, er allure thy fenfe ; 
But aim. if ever la fling fife's thy chafe, 
T) clear thy mind, and w arm thy heart thro* c 

& A 



i GOSPEL SONNETS, 

A marriage fo my/lerious I proclaim, 
Betvjixt two parties offuch different fame ', 
That human tongues may blufj their names to tell, 
To -wit, the Prince of Heaven, the heir c/hcil! 
But, on Jo vift a/ubjecl, who can find 
IVords Jutting the conceptions of his mind ? 
Or, if our language with our thought could vie, 
What mortal thought can raife itfelffo hioh ? 
When words and thoughts both fail } may faith and 

prayV 
Afcend by climbing up ihefcripture-fiair; 
From facred writ t he fe ft range efpoufa/s may 
Be explicated in the following way. 



CHAP. I. 

A general account of man's fall in Adam, sad the 
remedy provided in Christ; and a particular 
account of Man's being naturally wedded to ihe 
law, as a covenant of woiks. 

SECT. I. 

7^ Fall of A D A M. 

OL D Adam once a henv'n of plenfnre found, 
While he with perfect innocence was crown'd: - 
His wing'd afTefti^ns to his God could move 
In raptures of defire, and drains of I ve. 
Man Handing fpotlefs, pure and innocent, 
Could well the law of works with wo; ks content; 
Tho* then, (nor fine'e) it could de>r and no lefs 
Than pcrfonal and perfect righicoufnefs. 

Thefe 



Part I. The Believer's Efpoufah. 27 

Prefents unto the bride, in that dark hour, 

Himfelf a Saviour, both by price and powV : 

A mighty Helper to redeem the loft, 

Relieve and ranfom to the uttermoil ; 

To feek the vagrant fheep to dtfarts driv'n, 

And fave from lowed: lull to higheft heav'n. 

Her doleful cafe he fees, his bowels move, 

And make her time of need his time of love. 

He (hews, to prove himfelf her mighty fhield f 

His name is JbSUS, by his Father feal'd :• 

A name with attributes engrav'd within, 

To fave from, ev r ry attribute of fin. 

xViihxuifdom, fin's great/i//v to cxpofe, 

And rl'yhteoufiiefs its chain of guilt to loofe, 

SaniUijication to fubdue its [way, 

Redemption all its woful brood 10 flay. 

Each golden letter of his glorious name 

±>earsfuil deliverance both from fin and ihame. 

fcfea, not privation bare from fin and wo, ; 

But thence all pofitivt falvations fl »w, > 

To make her ivke.juff y holy* happy too. J 

He now appears a match exactly meet 

To make her evYy way in him compltat, 

In whom thefulnefsoftbe Godhead dwells, 

That ihe may boaft in him and nothing elfe. 

3n gofpeMints ihe now perceives ihe d&s* n ; 

Of jefus' love with bloody pencil drawn ; 

How God in him is infinitely pleas'd. 

And heavVs revenging fury whole appeas'd : 

Law-precepts magnify 'd by her bclov'd, 

And cv'ry let to flop the match remo/d. 

Now in her view her prifon-gates break ope, 

Wide to ihe walls flies up the door of hope, 

And now ihe fees with pleafure unexpr.eil 

For ihatftr'd barks a happy ihore of reft, SfcGlV 



24 GOSPEL SONNETS 

SECT. IV. 

The workings of the Spirit cf faith in ftparating 
the heart fron all felf right eoujntfs^ and drawing 
But its confent to, and defire after Christ alone 
and wholly* 

TH E bride at Sinai link underftood. **) 

How thefe law-humblings were de/Ign'd \ 
for good, 
T' enhance the value of her hufband's blood. J 
The tiowV of tottVing pride thusbatter'd down, 
Makes way for Chrift alone to wear the crown. 
Convi&ion's arrows pierced her heart, that fo 
The blood from his pierc'd heart to hers might flow. 
The law's (harp plough tears up the fallow-ground, 
"Where nor a grain of grace was to be found, 
Till flraight perhaps behind the plough isTown 
The hidden feed of faith, as yet unknown 
Hence now the once reluctant bride's inclined 
To give thegofpeian afftntingmindy 
Difpos'd to take, would grace the pow'r impart, 
HeavVs oiier with a free conftnting heart. 
His Spirit in the gofpel chariot rides, ~) 

And (hews his loving heart to draw the bride's; V 
Tbo* oft tn clouds his drawing powV he hides. 3 
His Iovl in gracious offers to her beirs, 
In kindly anfwers to her doubts and fears, 
Refolving all objections more or lefs, 
From former fins, or prefent worthlefnefs. 
Ferfuades her mind oPs conjugal confent, 
And then impow'rs her heart to fay Content. 
Content to be divorced from the law, 
No more the yoke of legal terms to draw- 
Content 



Part T, 'The Believer's Efpoufa's. Z$ 

Content thu he diflblve the former match, 
And to himfelf alone her heart attach. 
Content tojoin with Ckrijt at any rate, 
And wed him as her everlaftiag mate. 
Content that he (hould ever wear the bays, 
And of her whole falvation have the praiie. 
Content that he mould rife, tho' (he mould fall, 
And to be nothing, that he may be all. 
Content that he, becnife ftie nought can do, 
t)o for ier all her work and in her too. 
Here (he a reremprory mind difplays, 
That he do all the work, get all the praife. 
And now ("he is, which ne'er till now took p'aqe, 
Content entirely to be faVd by grace. 
She owns that her damnation ju ft would be, 
And therefore her falvation mult be free : 
H hat nothing being hers but /in and thrall, 
She rnuft be debtor unto grace for all. 

Hence comes (lie to him in her naked cafe, 
To be invefteJ with his righteoufnefs. 
She comes, as guilty to a pardon free : 
As vile 2nd filthy, to a cleariing fea ; 
As pzir and empty to the richeft (lock; 
A<? -weak and feeble, to the flrongeft rock: 
4's perhhing, unto a fhield from thrall: 
As worfe than nothing, loan ail in all. 
She; as a blinded mole, an ignVant foof, 
Comes f.r inftruction to the Prophet's fchooL 
She \\Lh a hell-delerving confeious bieaft, 
Flees for atonement to the worthy Pritjl. 
She, as a Have to (in and Satan, wings 
Her flight (or help unto the King of king 1 ?. 
She all hzr maladies and plagues brings forth 
To this phyliciau of eternal worth. 

C She 



z6 GOSPEL SONNETS. 

She fpreads before his throne her filthy fore, 

And lays her broken bones down at his door. 

No mite (he has to buy a crumb of biifs, 

And therefore comes impov'rifli'd as (he is. 

By fin and.Satan of all good bereft, 

Gomes e'en as bare as thty her foul have left. 

To fenfe, as free of holinefs within, 

As Cbrift the fpotlefs Lamb, was free of fin. 

She comes by faith, true; but it (hews her want, 

And brings her as a firmer, not a faint, 

A wretched (inner flying for her good 

To juflifying, fancTifying blood. 

Strong faith noflrength nor powV of afring vaunts, 

But a£te in fenfe of weaknefs and of wants. 

Drain'd now of ev'ry thing that men may call ^ 

Terms and conditions of relief from thrall ; > 

Except this one, that Jefus be her all. J 

When to the bride he gives efpoufing faith, 

It finds her under fin, and guilt, and wrath, 

And makes her as a plagued wretch to fall 

At Jefus' footftool for the cure of all. 

Her whole falvation now in him (be feeks, 

And mufing, thus perhaps in fecrerfpesks 

a Lo? all my burdens may in him be eas'd; 
lt The juftice I offended he has pleas'd ; 
44 The blifs that I have forfeit he procur'd; 
" The curfe that I deferved he endur'd ; 
« ; The law that I have broken he obey'd ; 
€< The debt that I contrafted he has paid: 
<• And though a match unfit for him I be, 
" I find him ev'ry way moft fit for me. 
* c Sweet Lord, 1 think, wouldft thou thyfelf impart 
€i Vd welcome thee with open hand and heart. 
<{ But thou thatfav'ftbypiice, muft fave bypowVf 
u O fend thy Spirit in a fiery (how'r, 



FauT I. Toe believer's Efpzufals, 1J 

u This cold and frozen heart of mine to thaw, 

" That nought, fave cords of burning !ove,can draw. 

M Odraw me, Lord, then will I run to thee, 

•* And glad tn r o thy glowing bofnm flee. 

u I own myfelf a mafs of fin and he!!, 

11 A brat that can do nothing but rebel: 

4J But did ft thou not, as facred pages (hew *, 

*v (When riling up to fpoil the hellilh crew, 

u That had by thousands, finners captive made, 

11 And hadft in conquering chains thein captive ledg} 

€< Get donatives, not for thy proper gain y 

M But royal bounties for rebellious mtn, 

u Gifts, graces, and the Spirit without bounds* 

ct For God's new hoitjc with man on firmer grounds t 

€i Othen let me a rebel now come fpeed, 

" The holy Spirit isrhe gift I need. 

" His precious graces too, the glorious grant, 

u Thou kindly promised, and 1 greatly want. 

" Thou art exalted to the highefi place, 

iC To give repentance forth and ev'ry grace. 

u O £*wer of fpiritml life and breath, 

u The author and the finifber of f§ith ; 

iC Thouhufoind likemufl: ev'ry thing provide, 

u If e'er the like of me become thy bride." 

SECT. V. 

Faith's view of the freedom of grace, cordial re- 
nunciation of all its own ragged right e oufnefs % 
and formal acceptance of and clofing with tht 
ferfon of g!ori:us Christ. 

,i 

THE bride with open eyes, that once were dim, 
Sees now her whole falvatiui lies in him ; 
C2 The 

* Pfal. lxxiii. 18. 



28 GOSPEL SONNETS. 

The Prince, who is not in difpenfing nice, 
But freely gives without her pains or price. 
This magnifies the wonder in her eye, 
Who not a farthing has wherewith to buy; 
For now her humbled mind con difavow 
Her boafted beauty and aiTuming brow, 
"Willi eonfcious eye di r cern her emptinefs, 
With candid lips her poverty con fefs. 
" O glory to the Lord that grace is free, 
" Eife never would it light on guilty me. 
" L nothing have with me to be its price, 
u But hellifh blacknefs, enmity and vice. 5 ' 
In -former times (he durft prefuming come, 
To grace's market with a pretty fum 
Of duties, prayers, tears a boafted &f, 
Expefting Hcav'n would thus be in her debt. 
Thefe were the price, at lead (he did fuppofe 
She'd be the weicomer becaufe of thofe: 
Put now (he fees the vilenefs of her vogue, 
The dpng that clofe doth ev'ry duty clog, 
The fin that doth rer holinefs reprove, 
The enmity fjiat clofe attends her love, 
The great heart hard refs of her penitence, 
The fiupid dulnefs of her vaunttd fenfe, 
The unbelief of former blazed faith, 
The utter nothlngnefs of all ihe hath. 
The'-blacknefs of her beauty (he can fee, 
The pompous pride of ftrain',d humility, 
The naughti nefs of all her tears and pray'rs; 
And now renounces all as worthlefs wares; 
And finding nothing to commend herfeif, 
But what may damn her, her embezled pelf; 
At fovVeign grace's feet docs prof rate fall, 
Con teat to be in Jefiiil debt for all. 



Her 



Her noifed virtues vani.h out of fight, 

As ftiny tapers at mmdUii light; 

While (weetly, humbly, (he beholds at length 

Chrift, as her billy rightemiftiefsairfd ftren:th. 

Heurh the view throws down hi? loving dan, 

lmprdl with p >wV iprd be r under hear r. 

The deeper that the U\\\ fierce dart was thrown, 

1 he deeper now the dart of icn'e goes down : 

Hence, fweeily pain'd, her cries to heav'n do fleej 

I O none but Jrfus, none bur Chrift for me; 
" O glorious Chrift : , O beauty, beauty rare ! 

•' Ten thoufand thoufmd heav'ns are not fo fair. 
" In him at once all beauties meet and (hine, 
€i The white and ruddy, human and divine. 
4i As in his low, he's in his high abode, 
•' The brighten 1 image of theunfeen God. 

* How juflly do the harpers fing above, 

" His doing, dying, riling, reigning love ? 

II How juflly does he, when his work is done, 
14 Pollefs the center of his Father's throne? 

" How juftly do his awful throne before 

" Seraphic armies proftrate, him adore; 

" I hat's both by nature and donation crown'd, 

" Wiih ail the grandeur of the Godhead round r 

* But Will thou/Lord in very deed come dwell 
" With me, that was a burning hand of hell? 
€i With me, fojuftly reckon'd worfe and left 
u Than infeel, mite, or atom can exprefs ? 
" Wilt thou debkfe thy high iihpeiial form, 
€t To march with (ueh a mortal, crawling worm l 
*• Yea, Cure thine errand to our earthly coaft, 

* Was in deep love to ftekand fave the loft: 

u And fiuce thou (Jtign'lt the like* of me to we J 
u V come and make my hcait thy marrbge-bed. 
C ; " m k iir 



30 GOSPEL SONNETS. 

** Fair Jefus, wilt thou marry filthy me i 
u Arntn, Amen, Amen ; $o let it be. " 

C H A P- HI. 

The fruits of the believer's carriage with Christ* 
particularly gofpel hoiinefs and obedience to the 
law as a rule. 

SEC T. L 

Tkefwtet folemnity of the marriage ficw over, and 
the fad e.fftils of the remains oj a legal /pit it* 

I^HE match is made, ^wiih little din Vis done, 
But with great pow'r unequal prizes won. 
The Lamb has fairly won his worthless bride; 
She her great Lord, and all his (lore befide. 
He made the poored bargain, though rnolr wife; 
And (he, the fool, has won the worthy prize. 
Deep Hoods of everlafting love and grace, 
That under ground ran an eternal fpa.ee,. 
Now rife aloft 'bove tanks of tin and hell", 
And o'er the tops of mafly mountains fwelL 
In Breams of blood are tow'rs of guilt o'erfiowi*;,- 
Down with the rapid purple current thrown. . 

The bride now as her all can Jefus own, 
And profirate at his footflool cafL her crown, 
Pifciaiming all her foirncr groundk fs hope, 
While in the dark her foul did weary grope. 
Down tumble ail the hills of ftlf conceit, 
in him alone ihe fees herfelf complea: ; 
Does his fair perfon with fond arms embrace, 
AxtA sli her hopes on his full merit place; 
Di&ard her former mate, and henceforth draw 
ho tippz, a 9 ixpc&aiion iroia the law. 

Tbo* 



Part I. The Believer's EJpoufals. 31 

Tho' thus her new-created nature (bars, 
And lives aloft on Jefus y heavenly ilorcs ; 
Yet, apt to ftray, her old aduh'rous heart 
Oft takes her old renounced hufoand's part: 
A legal cov'nantis fo dc^p ingrain'd 
Upon the human nacurelaps'd and ftain'd, 
Thct, till her fpirtt mount the pureil clime, 
She's never totally divore'd in time. 
Hid in her corrupt part's proud bofom lurks 
£o;ue hope of life ilill by the law of work*. 

Hence How the following evils more or ItU ; ~) 
Preferring oft her pai tial holy di efs, S 

Before her hufband's perfect righreoufnefs. -> 

Hence joying more in grace already giv'n, 
Than in her head and (lock that's all in heav'n. 
Hence grieving more the want of frames and grace, 
Than of himfclf the fpring of all folace. 

Hence guilt her foul imprifons, lufts prevail, > 
While to the law her rents infolvent fail, (bail. r 
And yet her faithlefs heart rejects her hufband's 3 

Hence foul-diforders rife, aid racking fears, 
While doubtful of his clearing pa ft arears; 
Vain dreaming, fince her own obedience fails, 
His likewile little for her help avails. 

Hence duues are a talk, while aii in view 
Is heavy yokes of laws, or old or new : 
"Whereas, were once her legal bias broke, 
She'd find her Lord's commands an eafy yoks. 
Jso galling precepts on her neck he lays, 
!Nor any dibt demands fave what he pays 
by promised sid: But lo, the grievous law 
Demanding brick, won't aid her with a Ikaw. 

Hence alio, fretful grudging, difcontenr, ~) 

Cravd by the h\v, finding her treafure fpent, \: 

i doubting if her Lord will gay the ixak. > 



§f| GOSPEL SONNETS. 

Hence pride of duties too does often fwelf, 
I ? re fuming (he performed fo very welt. 
Hence pride of gracesand inherent worth 
Springs from her corrupt legal bias forth ; 
And boafting more aprefent with 'ring frames 
Than her exalted Lord's unfading name. 

Hence many falls and plunges in the mire. 
As many new conveifions do require: 
Becaufe her fahbkfs heart's fad follies breed 
.Much lewd departure from her living head, 
"Who, to reprove her aggravated crimes, 
Leaves her abandon'd to heifeif at times; 
That falling into frightful deeps, (he may 
From fad experience learn more ftrefs to lay, 
Not on her native efforts, but at length 
On Chriil alone, her righteoufnefs and ftrength: 
' Confcious, while in her works (lie feeks repoie, 
Her legal fpirit breeds her many woes. 

SECT. II. 

Faith's victories over fin and Satan through nnv 
and farther difcoveries of Christ,* making be- 
tievers more fruitful in holinefs than all other 
pretenders to 'works. 

^T^ITE gofpel path leads heav'n ward; hence the 

A fray, 

lull-pow Vs Hill pufh the bride the legal way. 
So hot the war, her life's a troubled ficod, 
/\ field of battle, and a fcene of blood. 
JSut he that once commenced the work in her, 
"Whofe working fingers drop the fweetefl myrrh, 
Will fill! advance it by alluting force, 
Aad, from her ancient mate ; more ckan divorce: 

Since 



Tart i. *l he Belli vzr> tijpoujau. jf 

Since 'tis her antiquated fpoufe the law 
Theftrength of fin and hell d d on her draw. 
Piece-meal ihe finds hell's mighty force abate, 
By new leauits from her almighty (Mate. 
Frefh armour, fent from grace's magazine, 
Makes her proclaim eternal war wi.h fin. 
The (hield of faiih, dipt in the Surety's bloody 
Drowns fiery darts, as in a crimfon flood. 
Ihe Captain's rudJy banner, lifted high, 
Makes beH rerire, and all the furies fly. 
Yea, of his glory evVy recent glance 
Makes fin decay, and holinefs advance. 
In kindnefs therefore does her heavenly Lord 
Ren-ew'd difcovVies of his love afford, 
That htr enamour'd foul m^y with the view 
Be cart into his holy mould ane » : 
For when he manilefts his glorious grace, 
The charming favour of his fmiling face, 
Into his Image fair transforms her foul *, 
And wafts her upward to the heav'nly pole* 
From glory untv> glory by degrees, 
Till viiior, and fruition (hall fuffice. 
And thu^in holy beauty Jefits] bride 
Shines far beyond the painted ions of pride, 
\ ain merit-vouchers, and their fubtile apes, 
In all thc-'r rooft rehVd, deluGve fhapes. 
No lawful child is ere the marriage born ; 
•Tho' therefore virtues feign'd their life adorn, 
The fruit ibey bear is but a tpurious brood, 
Before this happy marriage be made good, 
/ind tis not firange, ior from a corrupt tree 

h uit divinely good p < o iue'd can be. 
Uu ij the ^rde, graft in the living root, 
>s to; tn moil precious aromatic ii uit, 
*;fo, ili. ig. C; Whet 



"When her new heart and her new hufband meef; 

Ker fruitful ivcmb is <ike a heap of -wheats 

Brfet with fragrant lilies round about , -f 

All clivine graces, in a comely rout, 

Burning within, and (hiding bright without. 

And thus the bride, as facred fcripture faith, 

When dead ttnio the law through Jefus* dtath^j 

And matched with him, bears tv her Cod and Lord' 

Accepted fruity with incenfe pure decor d. 

Freed from law dtor, and bleit with gofpel-eafe, 

Her work is now her deareft Lord to pleafe, 

By living on him as her ample (lock, 

And leaning on hira as her potent rock. 

The fruit, that each law-weddr d mortal brings, 

To felf accrefces, as from Mf it fprings. 

So bafe a rifernufi: have a bafe recourfe, 

The flream can mount no higher than its fource. 

JBut Jefus can his bride's fweet fruit commend, 

yVs brought from him the root, to him the end., 

She dots by fuch an offspring him avow 

To be her JLPEJzndOMEG/f too. 

The work and warfare he begins, he crowns, 

Tho' roaugre various conflicts, ups and downs; 

Thus thro' the darkfome vale (he mskes her way* 

Until the morning-dawn of glory's day. 

SECT. III. 
True faving faith magnifying the law, both as A- 
covenant and a rule. Falfe faith unfruitful and 
ruining. 

Roud nature may reject this gofpel-theme, 
And curfe it as an Antinomian fcheme. 

Let 
1 Cant. vii. 2, \_Ritn. n\, a, 



P 



Tart i. i he nenevcr s zypoujais. «#■ 

Le* dander b ark, let envy grin and fight, 
The curfe that is (a caufelefs fhall not light* 
If they th*t fain would make by holy force 
*Twixt finners and the law a clean divorce, 
AnJ court the Lamb a virgin chafre to wife*. 
Be charg'd as foes to holinefs of life; 
Well may they fuffcr gladly on this (core, 
Apollles great were fo malign'd before. 
Do -due make void the law through faith? nay, why^. 
"We do it more fu'fi! and magnify 
Than fiery feraphs can wiih holieft flam; 
A vaunt, vain legalifrs, unworthy tralh. 

When as a covenant ftern the law command^ 
Faith puts her Lamb's obedience in its hands •• 
And when its threats gufh out a fiery flood, 
Faith flops the current with her victim's blood* 
The taw can crave no more,- yet craves no lel\ 
Than achve, pa (live, perfefr. righteoufnefs, 
Yet here is all, yea more than 'us demand^ 
Ail render'd to it by a divine hand. 
Mankind is bound law-ftrvice ftiil to pay^ 
Yea, angel-kind is alio bound t'obey. 
It may by human and angelic blaze 
Have honour, but in finite partial ways. 
Thffe natures have its luiire once defac'd 7 « 
II be by part of both for ay difgrac'd. 
Yet, had they all obftquious flood and true, 
They'd given the law no more than homage due* 
But faith gtyes'r honour yet more great, more odd. 
The high, the humble iervice of its God, 

Again to view the holy law's command, 
As lodged in a mediator's hand; 
Faith gives it horiour, as a rule cflife, 
Arid makes the bride the Lamb's obedient w:fr 
C6 






30 UOSFLLSOISIsETS, 

Due homage to the law thofe never did, 

To whom th' obedience pure of faith is hid. 

Faith works by love, and purifies the heart , 

/.rid truth advances in the inward part; 

Cn carnal btarts imprelTes divine ((amps, 

And fully'd lives inverts to (Lining lamps. 

From Abram% feed, that are molt flrong in faith, 

1 he law moll honour, God moll glory.hath. 

But due refpeft to neither can be found, 1 

A*, here unbelief ne'er got a mortal wound, ir 

To frill the virtue vaumer's empty fcund J 

Cood works he beads, a pa f h he never trod, 

"Who L not yet the iv .rhmanfmp of Cod *. 

In Jtfus thereunto created new ; 

Nois'd works that fpring not hence are but a fhew. 

True faith, that'.- of a noble divine race, 

Is flili a holy, fa notifying grace; 

And greater honomr to the law does fhsre, 

Than bonders ail that breathe the vital ;ir. 

E'en he; then morals vaflly may out-fhine 

The works that flow not from a faith divine* 

Pretenfioria high ro faith a number have, 
But ah .! it is a f«iih that cannot fsve : 
*' Wi truji, fry they, infhfijl, at e hope in Cod; 
Js'or blvih to blaze their rotttn faith abroad. 
!Nor try the truil of which they make a fhew, 
If of a raving or a damning hue. 
1 hey our writ fn* ate ill ; >rue, but 'tis fad 
1 t ty never ti ought their faith and hope were bad. 
How eykltttfs their home bred nat'ral blaze, 
Who crecrr il ey I aveteiiev'd Ufll all their days; 
Yet neve rcit their unbelief, nor knew 
The netci of pew'r thtii matures to renew? 

BWni 
* fyh. ii. 10. 



Pa ft I. The Be liter's 'Efpcufj's. j? 

Blind (oulsthat boail of faith. vet live in fin, 
Ma\ 1-cnce c< -ncluc-e their faith is to b pin ; 
Or know they (lall, by fuch an airy faith, 
Brieve them (elves to everlafting wrath. 
Faith that nor leads to good, nor keeps from iff, 
Will never lead to heav'n, nor keep from hell; 
The body without breath is dead f ; no lefs 
Is faith without the works of holinefs. 
Iio-.v rare is laving faith, when earth is cramm'd 
With fuch as will believe and yet be damn'd, 
Believe the gofpel, yet viih dread and awe 
Have never truly fir ft beiiev'd the law ? 
That matters fha!lbe\vell, they hope too feon, 
"Who never yet have feen they were undone. 
Can of falvation rheir belief be true, 
Who never yet bdiev'd damnation due ? 
Can thefeof endltfs life have folid faith, 
V ho never fr ar'd law-threats of endlefs death ? 
> T ay, fail'd they ha'nt yet to the heaUng fhore, 
\\ ho never felt their finful, woful fore. 

Imaginary faith i: but a bhnd, 
That bears no fruit but of a deadly kind ; 
Nor c-ii from fuch a wild unwholfom root 
The leafl production rife of living fruit. 
But faving faith can fuch an offspring breed, 
Her native product is a holy feed. 
The fairefl iffues of the vital breath 
Spring from the fertile wembof heav'n-born faitr\; 
Yer boafts (he nothing of her own but bungs 
Auxiliaries from the king of kings, 
Who graves his royal law in rocky hearts, 
And gracious aid in foftning fbow'rs imparts: 
This gives prolific virtue to the faith, 
lnfpir'd at firft by his almighty breath. 

t Jarne* ii. 2<5. Hence, 






3« € O S P F L S ON N E T S. 

Hence, fetching all her fuccours from abrracJ^ 
She full employs this minify pow'r oi God. 
Draind clean of naTjve pow'rs and legal srtms, 
Ino ii.erigth but in and from Jchnvah claims^ 
And thus her ftrvice to the law o'ertops 
The tow'nag zeal of Pharifaic fops, 

SEC T. IV. 

The believer only being marry" d to Chrvst, is jit* 
J i if ied and fantlifed ; and the more go/pel -free- 
dom from the ''aw as a covenant \ the more holy 
conformity to it a~s a rule. 

THUS doth the hufbond by his father's will 
Both for and in his bride the law fulfil ; 
Tor her, as 'tis a covenant ; ani then 
In her as 'tis a ride of life to men. 
Firftall law-debt lie moil compeatly pays, 
Then of law dutiesall the charge defrays. 
Docs fir ft alTume her guilt, and Icofe her chains 
And then with living water waih herftains; 
Her fund reftore, arid rher, her form repair, 
And make his filthy l>rk ; e - beauty fair; 
His perfeel righteoufneis moft freely gran<~ 
And then his holy image deep implant; 
Into her heart his precious feed in-drop, 
"Which in his time will yield a glorious ercjv 
Bur by alternate turns his plants he brings 
Thio' robbing winters and repairing fp rings, 
J^tnce pining oft, they fuffer fad decays 
By dint of (Lady nights and ftormy days. 
But bled with fap, and influence from above, 
They live and grow anew in faith and love ; 
Until tranfplanted to the bigbff foil, 
Where furies tread no mcre^nor foxes fpoiL 

Wbife 



Taft L The Bill everts Efpoufah* 29 

While Chrtfi the living root remains on high, 
The n >bie phnt of grace can never die; 
Nature decays, and fa will sll the fruit 
That merely rifeson a mortal root. 
Their worlds, however fplcndid, are but deaJ 9 
7 hat from a living fountain don't proceed; 
Their faireft fruit is but a gamiih'd Ihrine, 
That are not grafted in the glorious vine. 
Devouteft hypocrites are rank'd in rolb 
Of painted puppets, not of living fouls. 

No offspring but of Ghrift's fair bride is goocf, 
This happy marriage has a holy brood. 
Let Tinners learn this rnyftery to read, t } 

We bear to glorious Chrift no precious feed. > 
* Till through the law> -we to the Lnv bs dead, f & 
Ino true obedience to the law, but forc'd, 
Cm any yield, 'till from the law divorc'd. 
IMor to it as a rule, is homage giv'n, 
Till from it, as a covenant men be driv'n r 
Yea more, till once they this divorce attain, 
Divorce from fin they but attempt in vain; 
'1 he curfed yoke of fin they balely draw, 
'Till once unyoked from the curling "law. 
Sin's full dominion keeps its native place, 
While men are under law, not under grace f. 
For mighty hills of enmity won't move, 
Till 'ouch'd by conquering grace and mighty lov^ 

Were but the gofpel fecret underftood, 
How God can pardon where he fees no good; 
How grace and mercy free, that can't be bought* 
Reign through a righteoufnefs already wrought: 
"Were woful reigning unbelief difpos'd : 
Myilerious grace to blinded minds difclos'd : 

Did 
*GaJ. ii. jo, I Ronu vi. 14* 



-45 GOSPEL SONNET S. 

Did-heav'n with gofpel tie\vs its powY convey, 1 
And fmners hear a faithful God but lay, > 

4i No more law debt remains for you to pay ; J 
f* Lo, by the loving Jurety all's dffctis^d;^ 
Their hearts behov'd whb love fo be ctt&rg'd: 
Love, the fuccinft fulfill iog of the law, 
Were then the eafy yoke they'd fwee ly draw, 
Love would con (train and to his ferviee move, 
"Who left iru m nothing elfe to do bui love. 
Slight now his loving precepts if they can.; 
tio y no, his conqVring kindnefs leads the van. 

When everlaittng love exerts the tway, 
They ju^.e themfelves more kindly bound t'obey* 
Bound by redeeming grace in firtcler fenfe 
Than ever Adam was in innocence. 
V> hy now they are not bound as formerly, 
To do and live, nor yet to do or die ; 
Both life and death are put in Jtfus' hands, 
Who urges neither in his kind commands, 
INct fervile work tleir life and heaven to win, 
Y^or flaviih labour death and heh to ilmn. 
1 heir aims are purer, flnce they underftood 
r i heir heav'n vvas bought, their heil was quench'd 

with fclood. 
The oars of gofpel- fervice now they fleer, 
AViihout or legal hope, or flavifh fear. 

The bride in fweet fecurity can dwell, 
Nor bound to purchafe heav'n, nor vanqui "h belts 
^Bul bound for him the race of love ro run, 
"Whofelove to her left none of thefe undone; 
She's bound to be the Lamb's obedient wife, 
And in his ftrength to ferve him, during life; 
To glorify his loving name for ay, 
/\VIio fcfr hex aoi a fingle mue to pay 



Part I. 7he Believer's Efpoufals. 41 

Of legal debr, but wrote for her at large 
In characters of blood a full difcharge. 
Henceforth no fervile talk her labours prove, 
But grateful fruits of reverential love. 

SECT. V. 

Co/pel grace giving no liberty nor freedom to Jln f 
but to hjly fervice and pure obedience. 

THE glorious hufband's love can't lead the « ife 
To whoredom or licentioufnefs of life: 
J^ay, nay, fne finds his warmeft love within, 
The hotted fire to melt her heart for fin. 
His kind embrace is (till the ftrongefi cord 
To bind her to the fervice of her Lord. 
The more her faith infures this love of his, 
The more his law her delegation is. 
Some dream, they might, who this afTurance win, 
Take latitude and liberty to 2b. 
Ah ! fuch bewray their ignorance and prove 
They want the lively ft-nfe of drawing love, 
And how its f wee t con ft raining force can move. 
The ark of grace came never in to dwell. 
But Dagonluiis befoie it headlong ft 11. 
Men bafely can unto lafcivicufneis 
Abufe the doctrine, not the work of gr2ce. 
Huggers of divine love in vice's path. 
Have but the fancy of it, not the faith. 
They never foar'd aloft on grace's wing, 
That knew not grace to be a holy thing: 
When regnant ihe the pow'n- o! hell appalls, 
And fin's dominion in the ruin falls. 
Cut ii is the crew, whofe Anlinomian drefs 
,cea cover to theh iJler.efs.' 

The 



,1 



42 GOSPEL SONNETS. 

The bride of Chrifr will fure be very loath 

To make his love a pillow for her (loth. 

"Why, mayn't (he fin the more that grace abounds ? 

Oh, God forbid I the very thought confounds. 

"When dead unto the law, file's dead to -fin ; 

How can (he any longer live therein ? 

To neither of them is (he now a flav-r, 

But (hares the conquefr of the grea?, the brave, 

The mighty Gen'ral, her victorious head, 

Who broke the double chain to free the bride. 

Hence, prompted now with gratitude and love, 

Her chearful feet in fwift obedience move. 

More flrong the cords of love to duty draw, 

Than hell and all the curfes of the law. 

When with feraphic love the bread's infpir'd, 

By that are all the other graces fir'd ; 

Thefe kindling round, the burning heart and frame 

In life and walk find forth a holy Bame. 

C H A P IV. 

A camion to all againft a legal fphit ; efpecialiy to 
thofe that have a profeffion without power, and 
learning without grace. 

WHY, fays the haughty heart of legalifls, 
Bound to the law of works by nat'ral twifls, 
€i Why fuch ado about a Jaw-divorce ? 
<c Mens lives are bad and would you h2ve'em worfef 
l# Such dniinomian fluff with labour'd ftefl 
#l Would humanbeaury's native luftre fpoif. 
" What wickednefs beneath the covVmg lurks, 
•' 1 hat lewdly would divorce us all from works t 
" Why fuch a ftir about the law and grace ? 
*' We knew that raeui cannot now. fcaks place, 

" And 



Pa*t I. The Believer's Efpoufah. 43 

*' And what needs more ?•* Well, to let (lander droj 
Be merit for a little here the fcope. 

Ah! many learn to lifp in gofpel- terms, 
Who yet embrace the law with legal arms. 
By wholeforn education fome are taught 
To own that human merit now is naught; 
Who faintly but renounce proud merit's name, 
And cleave refin'diy to the Poplih (cheme. 
For graceful works expecting divine bills, 
And, when they fail, truit Chriit for what's arnife. 
Thus to his righteoufnefs profefs to flee, 
Yet by it f 1 ill would their own faviours be. 
They feem to works of merit tyoody foes* 
Yet feek favation as it were f by thofe* 
Blind Gentiles found, who did nor feek ncr kuow: 
But 1/ra'l loft it whole, who fought it fo. 

Let all that love to wear the kgal drefs, 
Know that as fin, fo daftard righteoufnefs 
Has flain its thoufands, who in tow'ring pride 
The righteoufnefs of Jefu s Chriji deride \ 
A robe divinely wrought, divinely won, 
Yet caft by men for rags that are their own. 
But fome to legal works feem whole deny'd, 
Yet would by gofpel works be juflify'd, 
By faith, rept:ntance > love, and other fuch: ")• 

Thefe dreamers being righteous overmuch, S 
Like Uzza give the aik a wrongful touch. J 3 

By legal deeds however gofpeiiz'd, 
Can e'er tremendous juUice be appeas'd? 
Or finners juUified before that God, 
"Whole law is perfect and exceeding broad 7 

tmh itfelf, that leading gofpel-grace, 
Holds as a work no juflifying place. 

Jurt 
t Rem. ix. 3 a. 



44 GOSPEL SONNETS, 

Juft heav'n to man for nghieoufnefs imputes- 

Isot faith itfelf, or in itsa£ts or fruits;. 

But Jrfus' meritorious life and death, 

Fuiih's proper objeft, all the honour hath. 

From this doth faith derive irs glorious fame, 

Its great renown and jairifying name; 

Recth'ing ail things, but deserving nought; 

By faith al.'sbego'd and taken, nothing bought, „ 

Its high-eft name is from the wedding-vote, 

So inftrumental in the marriage knot, 

Jehwah lends the bride, in that bleft hour, 

77/ exceeding greatnefs of his mighty po-wr ; 

Which (weedy does her heart-confent command 

To reach the wealthy Prince her naked hand. 

For clofe to his embrace (he'd never frir, 

If firfl his loving arms embrae'd not her: 

But this he does by kindly gradual chafe, 

Of roufing, railing, teaching, drawing grace. 

He (hews her, in his fweeteft loveaddrefs, 

His glory as the fun of righteoufnefs; 

At which all dying glories earth adorn 

Shrink like the Tick moon at the wholfom morn. 

This glorious fun arifing with a grace, 

Dark (hades of creature-righrecufnefs to chafe, 

Faith now difclaims itfelf, and ail the train 7 

Of virtues formerly accounted gain; r 

And counts them dung, with holy, meek dlfJain- J 

For now appears the height, the depth hnrnenfe 

Of divine bounty and benevolence; 

Amazing mercy ! ignorant of bounds ! 

Which mod enlarged faculties confounds. 

How vain, how void now Item the vulgar charms, 

The monarch's pomp of court?, and pride of arnasJ* 

The boafted beau ie^ of the human kind, 

Thepow'rs of bojy. a^dj the gifts of min4i- 



Fart I. The Believer's Efpznfah. 4j 

Lo! in the grandeur of ImmanueVs train, 
All's f\v allowed up, as rivers in the mair. 
He's fcen, when gofpel-light and fight is giv'n, 
Encompafs'd round with all the pomp of heay'a. 

The foul now, taught of God, fees human fchools 
Makechriftlefs Rabbi's only lit'rate fools; 
And that, 'nil divine reaching po.v'riu! draw, 
No learning wilJ divorce thorn from the law. 
Mere argument may clear the head, and force 
A verbal, not a cordial clean divorce. 
Hence nriny, taught the wholfora terms of art, 
Have gofpe! heads, but ftill a legal heart. 
'Till fov'reign grace and pow'r the finner carch, 
He tikes not Jefus for his only match. 
Nay, works compete ! ah 1 tiue, ho vevcr odd, 
Dead works are rivals with the living God. 
1 rill hear ns preventing mercy clear the lighr, 
Confound the price wi.li lupernat'ral light ; 
No haughty fpu.J of human kind h brought 
To mortify her klf-exaking thought- 

Yet holieft creatures in clay-tents that lodge 
Be but their lives fcann'd by the dreadful Judge; 
How shall they e'er his awful fearth endure, 
Before whn e purefl* eyes heiv'n is pot pure? 
How mud (heir black indictment be enlarged", 
When by him angHs are with folly charg'd ? 
What human worth (hall Hand, when he ihall fcan? 
O may his glory (tain the pride of man. 

How won hous are the (rafts of divine grace, 
How fearchlefs are bis ways, how vail th' abyfs ? 
Let haughty reafon (top, and fear toleip; 
Angelic plummets cannot found the deep. 
Wi;h fcorn he tarns his eyes from hapgUry king?, 
With pleafure looks on low and worthlefs thm -s; 

Deep 

/ 



46 GOSPEL SONNETS. 

Deep are his judgments, fov'reign is his will, 

Let ev'ry mortal worm be dumb, be (till. 

In vain proud reafon fwells beyond its bound; 

God and hiscounfeis are a gulf profound, 

An ocean wherein al! our thoughts are drown'd. 



CHAP. V. 

Arguments and encouragements to gofpel-minifrers 
to avoid a legal ilrain of doftrine, and endea- 
vour the finners match with Christ by gofpcl- 
means. , 

SECT. L 

A legal fpirit the root of damnable errors. 

"E heralds great that blow in name of God 
The filver trump of gofpd-grace abroad ; 
And found, by warrant from the great I AM, 
The nuptial treaty with the worthy Lamb: 
Might ye but itoop th' unpolilh'd mule to brook, 
And from a (lirub an wholefom berry pluck; 
Ye'd take encouragement from what is fold, ^ 
By gofpel-means to make the marriage bed, r 

And to yourglorious Lord a virgin chailerowed.3 

The more proud nature bears a legal (way, 
The more fhoulo preachers bend the gnfpel-way: 
Oft in the church arife deflruftive ichifms 
From ami evangelic aphorifms; 
A legal fpirit may be juftly nam'd 
The fenile womb of evVy error damn'e). 
Hence Pcfry, fo connaiVal fince the fall, 
Makes legal works like faviours merit all; 

Yf3. 



Part I. The Believer's Efpoufdis. 47 

Yea, more than merit on their fhculder loads, 
To fupercrogate like demi-gods. 

Hence proud Socinians feat their reafon high, 
*Bove every precious gofpcl-tny fiery* 
Its divine author flab, and without fear 
The purple covert of his chariot tear. 

AVith thefe run /Irian mpnfters in a line, 
All go fpel truth at once to^undermine; 
To darken and delete, like htlfiih foes, 
The br.ightefr colour of the Sharon Rofe. 
At beit its human red they but decry, 
That blot the divine ivhiie^ the native dye. 

Hence dare Arminians too, with bra fen f3ice 9 
Give man's free-will the throne of God's free grace; 
"Whole felf exalting tenets dearly (hew 
Great ignorance of law and gofpc 1 too. 

Hence Necnomians fpring, as fundry call 
The new Iaw-makers > to redrefs our fall. 
The law of works into repentance, faith, 
Is chang'd, as their Baxterian bible faith. 
Shaping the gofpel to an eafy law, 
They build their totaling houfe with hay and draw; 
Yet hide, like Rachel's idols in the fluff, 
Their legal hands within s gofpel muff. 

Yea, her.ee fprings Aniinomian vile refufe, 
Whofe grofs abettors gofpel-grace abufe; 
Unfkiil'd how graces filken latchet binds 
Her captives to the law with willing minds. 

SECT. ir. 

A legal ft rait: of dottrine difcovcred and difcarded* 

NO wonder Paul the legal fpirit curie, 
Of fatal errors fuch a feeding nurfe. 

He 



4$ GOSPEL SONNETS. 

He, in Jehovah's great tremendous name, 
Condemns perverters of the gofpel fcheme. 
He damn'd the fophift rude, the babbling prieft 
Would venture to corrupt it in the lead ; 
Yea, curd the heav'nly angel down to hell, 
This daring would another gofpel tell *. 
Which crime is charged on thefe that dare difpenfe 
The felf-farne gofpel in another (enie. 

ChriJ? is not preadvd in truth but in difguife, 
If his bright glory half abfeonded lies. 
When gofpel-foldiers, that divide the word, 
Scarce bran*!ifh any but ihe legal fword. 

While ChriJ} the author of the law they prefs, 
More than the evd of it for righteoufnefs ; 
ChriJ} as a feeker of our fervice trace, 
More than a giver of enabling grace. 
The King comma nding holinefs they (how, 
More than the Prince exalted to beilow; 
Yea more on Chrifi the fin revenger dwell, 
Than Chrifi Redeemer both from fin and hell. 

With legal fpzde the gofpel Meld he delves, 
Who thus drives finners in unto fherofelve r ; 
Halving the truth tint (hould be all reveai'd, 
The fweeteft part of Chrifi is oft conceai'd. 
We bid men turn from fin, but feldom fiy, 
Behold the Lamb that takes all Jin away! 
Chrijiy by the gofpel rightly undenlood, 
Not only treats a peace, but makes it good. 
Thofe fukors therefore of the bride, who hope 
By force to drag her with the legal rope, 
Nor ufe the drawing cord of corrcja'ring grace, 
Purfue with flaming zeal a fiuitlefs chafe; 
In v in lame doings urge, with folemn awe, 
To brice the fury of the fiery law : 

*Gal. i 7. tf. With 



Fart I. The Believer's Efpoufah. 49 

With equal fuccefs to the fool that aims 

By paper walls to bmind devouring flame?. 

The law's but mock'd by their mnft graceful deed., 

That wed nor firil the law-fulfiling head. 

It values neither how they wrought nor wept, 

That (light theaik wherein alorre 'tis kept. 

Yet Jegalifls a DO, DO, with ardour prefs, 1 

And with prepoft'rous zeal and warm addrefs r 

"Would feem the greateft friends toholinefs: -) 

But vainly (could fuch opp Dhtes accord) 

Refpedt the law, and yet reject the Lord. 

They (hew not Jtfus as the way to blifs, 

But Judas-Wke betray him with a km 

Of boafled works, or mere profeffion puff, 

Law-boa£ers proving but law breakers oft. 

SECT. III. 
The hurtfulnefs of not preaching Christ, and di- 
ftingnijh 1)10 duly between law and go f pel. 

I| LLL cares not how crude holine-sbe preach 'd 
X If finnt rs match with Chriji be never reach 'd ; 
Knowing their holinefs is but a fham 
"Who ne'er are marry'd to the holy Lamb. 
Let words have never fuch a pious fhew 
And blaze aloft in rude proft (Tor's view, 
AVith facred aromatic? lichly fpic!dj 
If they but drown in filence glorious Chri/I; 
Or, if he may fome vacant room fupply, 
Make him a fubjeel only by the by; 
They mar true holinefs with tickKng chat 
To breed a baflard Pharifaic brat. 
They wofuliy the gofpel-meflage broke, 
Make fearful havock of the Malj^r's fleck; 
Yet plcafe themielves and the blind multitude, 
By whom the gofpePs.liule undevitcod. 

D Rude 



50 GOSPEL SONNETS, 

Rude fouls perhaps imagine little odds 
Between the legal and the gofpel roads ; 
But vainly men attempt to blend the two; 
They differ more than Chrifl and Mjfis do. 
Mofes, evangelizing in a (hade, 
By types the news of light approaching fpread ; 
But from the law of works by him proclaimed, 
No ray of gofpel-grace or mercy gleam'd. 
By nature's light the Jaw to all is known, 
But lightfome news of gofpel-grace to none. 
The doing covenant now, in part or whole 
Is firong to damn, but weak to fave a foul. 
It hurts, and cannot help, but as it tends 
Through mercy to fubferve forne gofpel ends. 
Law-thunder roughly to the gofpel tames, 
The gofpel mildly to the law reclaims. 
The fiery law, as 'tis a covenant, 
Schools men to fee thegofpel-aid they want; 
Then gofpel aid does fweetly them incline 
Back to the law as 'tis a rule divine. (wounds", 

Heav'n's healing work h oftcommenc'J with 
Terror begins what loving-kindnefs crowns. 
Preachers may therefore prefs the fiery law, 
To (trike the Ghriftiefs man with dreadful awe 
Law-threats which for his fins to hell deprefs, 
Yea, damn him for his rotten righteoufnefs; 
That, while he views the law exceeding broad, 
lie fain may wed the rightectfinefs of God. 

But ah I to pref law-works as terms of life, 
Was ne'er the way to court the Lamb a wife. 
To urge conditions in the legal frame, 
Is to renew the vain old covenant game. 
The /flu? is good whin lawfully 'tii u^d > 
But moil deitruclive when it is abus'd. 

They 



Part I. The Beftver*s Efpeufah. S l 

They fet not duties in the proper fphere, 
"Who duly law and gofpel don't fevere; 
But under maffy chains let finnersHc, 
As tributaries, or to DO or DIE. 
Nor make the law a fquaring rule of life, 
But in the gofpel-throat a bloody knife. 

S E G T. IV* 

Damnable pride and fe If right eoufnefi, fa natural 
to all men, has little need to be encouraged by le- 
gal preaching. 

TH E legal path proud nature loves fo well, 
(Tho' yet 'tis but the cleaned road to hell) 
That, lo ! e'en thefe that take the fouled ways 
"Whofe lewdnefs no controuling bridle flays; 
If but their drowfy confeience raife its voice, 
'Twill fpeak the law of works their native choice^ 
And echo to the roufing found, u Ah true ! 
u I cannot hope to live, unlefs I DO." 
]No con fcicus bread of morrai kind can trace 
The myd'ry deep of being fav'd by grace. 
Of this nor is the nat'ral confeience fluU'd ; 
Nor will admit it, when it is reveal'd ; 
Bur pufnes ac the gofpel like a ram. 
As proxy for the law, againfr the Lamb. 
The proud felf righteous Pharifaie drain 
' Btfcjfl: be God I'm not like other men ; 
" I read and pray, give alms, 1 mourn and faft, 
4i And therefore hope I'll get to hcav'n at lad: 
'• For, rho- from ev'ry fin I be not free.. 
i: Great multitudes of men are worfe than me. 
" Van none of tliofc that fwear, cheat, drink and whore/' 
Tlrus on the law he builds his Babel tow'r. 

D z Yea 



5 2 GOSPEL SONNETS. 

Yea, ev'n the vileft curfed debauchee 1 

"Will make the law of works his very plea ; £ 

" Why, (fays the rake), what rake you me to be ? J 
" A Turk or infidel (you lye) I can't } 

€i Be terrakl fo bafe, but by a fycophant ; > 

" Only I hate to aft the whining faint. J 

" I am a Chriftian true; and therefore bode, 
" It (hall be well with me, I hope in God. 
" An't I an honed man ? yea I defy 
•* The tongue that dare affert black to mine eye.** 
Perhaps, when the reprover turns his back, 
Hell vend the viler wares o's op'ned pack, 
And with his fellows, in a drain more big, 
" Bid damn the bafe, uncharitable whig. 
" Thefe fcoundrel hypocrites (he'll proudly fay) 
" Think none mall ever merit heav'n but they. 
(< And yet we may compete with them; for fee, 
"The belt have biemifhes as well as we. 
« We have as good a heart (we truft) as thefe, 
" Tho' not their vain fuperflnous (hew and blaze, 
ft Bigotted zealots, whole foul crimes are hid, 
(s Would damn us all to hell; but God forbid. 
" Whatever iuch a whining (eft profefs, 
<0 Tis but a nice, morofe, afFefted drefs. 
<c And tho' we don't pretend fo much as they, 
" We hope to.compais heav'n a fhorter way; 
" We feek God's mercy, and are ail along 
" Mod free of malice, and do no man wrong. - 
" But whims phanrafHc fha'n't our heads annoy, 
li That would our focial liberties deflroy. 
u Sure, right religion never was defignd 
t( To mar the native minh of human kind, (fuch ! 
" How weak are thole that would bethought non- 
" How mad, that would be righteous o'ctmuch ! 



Part I. The Believers Eftiufais. S3 

u We have fufficierit, the* we be not cram-m'd: 
We'll therefore hope tht? befl, lei them be damn d." 

Ah horrid talk! yet fo the legal ftrain 
Lards ev'n the language of the mofl profane. 

. : e oVrlooks a thoufand faults, 
on a legal ground irfeif exalts. 
DO and I \o doing poVr be loft, 

la etfry mortal is proud nature's boa ft. 
How does a vain conceit of goodnefs fweQ 
And feed falfe hope, amidft the (hades of hell i 
Shall we, who ihould by gofpel-methods draw, 
Send Tinners to their nat'ral fpoufe the law j 
And harp upon the doing firing to fuch, 
Who ignoranrly dream they do fo much ? 
Why, thus inftead of courting Chrifi a bride, 
We harden rebels in, their native pride, 

Much rather ought we in God's name to place 
His great artili'ry . ftraight againit their face; 
And throw hot Sinai thunder bolts around, 
To burn their towYing hopes down to the ground: 
To make the pillars of their pride to Quake, 
And damn their doings tJ the burning lake. 
To cur J? thf doe?s unto end k is thrall, 
That never did continue to Jo alt *. 
To fcorch their conicience with the flaming air, 
And link their haughty hopes in deep defpair; 
Denouncing Ebals black revenging doom, 
To bhft rheir expectation in the bloom ; 
''I ill once vain hope of life by works give place 
Unto a foltd hope of life by grace. 

I he vig'i ous ufe of means is fafely urg'd, 
When pulling calls from legal dregs are purg'd; 
Bat moil obfafejy in a fed'ral drels^ 
Confounding terms of life with means of grace. 
■■'. iii. IQ. D 3 Oh 



54 GOSPEL SONNETS. 

Oh darg'rousis th' attempt proud flefh to pleafey 
Or fend a firmer to the law for eafe; 
AVh© rather needs to feel its piercing dart, 
'Till dreadful pangs invadeiiis trembling hearty 
And thither fhould be only fent for flames 
Of fire to burn his rotten hopes and claims ; 
That thus difarm'd, he gladly may embrace, 
And grafp with eagernefs the new3 of grace. 

SEC T. V. 

The go/pel of divine grace the only means of con- 
verting firmer s> and Jhould be preached therefore 
rnofl clearly, fully, and freely. 

HEY ought, who royal grace's heralds be, 
To treinpetloud faivation full and free;. 
Nor fafely can, to humour mortal pride, 
In fiience evangelic rnyd'iies hide. 
~YVhcU heav'n is pleas'd to give, dare we refufe, 
Or under ground conceal, left men abufe? 
Supptels the gofpei flow'r, upon pretence 
1 hat fome vile fplders may fuck poifon tnence & 
Chrifi is a Humbling- block ; fl?. a 1 1 we neglect , 
To preach him, left the blind (hould break their 
That high he's for the fail of many fet (neck? 
As well as for the rife, mull prove no let. 
No grain of precious truth muft be £uppre(r,. 
Though reprobates rhould to their ruin wiefh 
Shall heavVscorrufcantlamp bedim'd, that pays 
Its daily tribute down in golden rays? 
Bccauie frrne, blinded with the blazing gleams,. 
Shaie not the pleasure of thelightning beams. 
Let thofebe hardned, petrify 'd and harrVd, 
r J&ti£ r,e£L are mollify 'd and kindly varm'd. 

A va- 



f art L The Believer's Efp&fals. 55 

A various favour f , flow'rs in grace's field, 
Of life to tome, of death to orhers yield. 
Tuuft then the rofc be vaii'd, the lily hid, 
The fragrant favour (tilled > God forbid. 

The revelation of the gpfpeJ flow.'r, 
Is dill the organ fam'd of laving pow'r ; 
Jvloil juilly then arc legal minds condemned, 
That of the glorious gofpel are aiharn'd : 
For this the divine arm, and only this, 
The poiv'r of God unto Jalvation is %. 
For therein is reveal V, to fcreen fiom wrath, 
The right eoufnefs of God from faith to faith. 
The happy change in guilty finncrscafe 
They owe to free difplays of fov'reign graces 
"Whofe joyful tidings of amazing love 
The minifiraiion of the Spirit prove. 
The glorious vent tire gofpel news exprefs, 
Of God's free grace,thro' Ghrift's full righteoufhefV, 
Is heav'n's gay chariot where the fpirit bides, 
And in his eonqu'ring pow'r triumphant rid^s* 
The gofpel-field is Qui the Soirifs toil, 
The golden pipe that be.ns the noiy oil: 
The bib where he out- in, s (he radiant fun, 
The filver channel where his graces :un. 
"Within the gofpel-banks his flowing ri. e 
Of lightning, ^ticking notions fweetly glide, 
Rtdtved ye the Spirit., fenprure faith J, 
By legal -works, or by the word of faith? 
If by the gofpel Only, then let none 
Dj:t to be vviter than the wife ft one. 

W r e nun!:, who freely get, as freely give 
The vital word that makes the dead to live. 
Fgi ey'n to (in nets dead within our reach 
We in his living name may moil fuccefeftd preaca. 

t * Cor. \l. 16. IJta.t. i<5. 1 /. §. GttL iii, ^ 14w 



$6 GOSPEL SONNETS* 

The Spirit and the fcripture both agree 
Jointly (fays'6#r//7) to teflify of me. 
The preacher then will from his text decline, 
That (corns to harmonize with this dedgn. 
Piefs moral duties to the lad degree: 
Why not? but mind, led: we fuccefslefs be, 
No light, no hope, no drength from duties fpring, 
"Where Jefas is not Prophet, Pried, and King. ~) 
No light to fee the way unlefs he track, ?- 

No joyful hope fave in Wis blood we reach, J 

No drength unlefs his royal arm he flretch. 
Then from our leading fcope how gtofs we fall,') 
If, likehis name in evYy goipcl-call, > 

We m Ae not him the Firft, the haft, the All I J 

Our office is to bear the radiant torch 
Of gofpel-iight irno the darned porch 
Of human understandings, and difplay 
The joyfuljiawn of ever lading day ; 
r { o draw the golden- chadot ot free grace, 
The darkned (hades with lhining rays to chafe, 
'Till heavVs bright lamp on circling wheels be hurl'd, 
\V?itb fparkling grandeur round the dufty world j. 
And thus to bring, in dying mortals dght, 
New l;fe and immortality to light. 
We're charg'd to preach the go/pel, unconfin'd, 
To evry creature of the human kind; 
To call with tenders of (alvntiDn free, 
All corners of the earth to come and feci 
And cVry (inner mod excufekfs make, 
By urging rich and poor to come and lake-. 
Ho, every one that thirfts f , is grace's call 
Direct to needy ilnners great and (mail;. 
Not meaning rhofe alone, whofe holy third 
denominates their fouls already biUft. 

f Ifa. Iv. i. 2. 



Part I. The Believer s Efpcufah. . $p 

If only thofe were call'd, then none but faints; 

Nor would the gofpel fuit the finner's wants.. 

But here the call does fignally import 

Sinners and thirfiy fouls of ev'ry fort; 

And mainly to their door the me/Tage brings,, 

"Who yet are thirfting after empty thing?; 

Who fpend thdr means no living bread to buy,. 

And pains for that -which cannot fat is fy. 

Such thirfty finners here invited are, 

Who vainly fpend their money, thought, and care^ 

On paffing (hades, vile lufts, and traih fo bafe 

As yield immortal louls no true folace. 

Thecal] directs them, as they would be blefiy 

To chufe a purer object of their tbirfL 

All are invited by the joyful found 

To drink who need, as does the parched ground., 

Whofe wide-mouth'd clefts fpeak to thebrafen iky. 

Its pafiive thirfi, without an active cry. 

The gofpel-preaxher then with holy .fk ill 
Muft offer Chrift to whofoever will, 
To finners of all forts that can be nam'd; 
The blind, the lame, the poor, the halt, themaira'd. 
Not daring to refine! th ? extenfive call, 
Sut op'ning wide the net to catch 'em all. 
No foul rpuft be excluded that will comey 
Nor right of sccefs be conhVd to fame. 
Tho* none will come-tiil confeious of their v/anr, 
Yet right to come they have by fov'reign grant ; 
Such right to ChriJ}, his promife, and his grace, 
That all are damn'd who hear and don't embrace* 
So freely is th' unbounded call difpens'd, 
"We therein fiud ev'n finners unconvine'd j 

D. ^ Who • 



J«- - G U 5 F £ L SONNETS. 

Who £/7£itf #s/ /£<y/ ^r^ naked, blind, and poor ^\~y 
CounfeTd to buy or beg at Jefus 9 door, (ft ore r 
>4W /tf/fe Mc glorious rcbe, eye-falve y and golden J 
1 his prize they are oblig'd by faith to win, 
Elfe unbelief would never be their fin. 
lea, gofpel offers but a (ham we make, 
If ev'ry (inner has not right to take. 

Be gofpel-heralds fortify 'd from this, 
To trumpet grace, howe'erthe ferpenthife. 
Did hell's malicious mouth in dreadful ihap& 
'Gainfl innocence itfelf malignant gape? 
Then facred truth's devoted vouchers may 
For due reproach their meafures conflantlay* 
"With cruel calumny of old comrrene'd, 
This feci will tvry where be /poke again/} ;, 
"While to and fro he runs the earth acrofs 
"Witofe name is adelphon katkgoros §. 
In (pite of hell be then our conftant ftrife 
To win the glorious Lamb a virgin-wife. 

CHAP. VI. 

An exhortation to all that are out of Christ; ia 
in order to their clofing the match with him: 
Containing alfo motives and directions. 

REader, into thine hands thefe lines aregiv'n, 
But not without the providence of heav'n ; 
Or to advance thy. blifs, if thou art wife, 
Or aggravate thy wo, if thou defpife. 
For thee, for thee, perhaps the omnifcient ken 
Hasform'd the counlel here, and led the pen. 
The writer then does thy. attention plead, 
in his great name that gave thee eyes to read, s 

SECT. 

•f Rev, iii. 17. 18., § Or, The cccuf^rofthe brethren, 



Part I. The Believer's bjpoujais. 59 

SECT. I. 

Convittion offered to (inner s, efpeciaUy fuch as arc 
wedded flrittly to the law, or (elf righteous, that 
thty may fee their need cf Christ^ right eoufnefs* 

F never yet thou did ft fair Jefus wed, 
Nor yield thy heart ro be his marriage-bed; 
But hitherto art wedded to the law, 
Which never could thy chain'd afFeclionsdraw 
From brutifh luflsand fordid lovers charms^ 
Lo ! thou art yet in Satan's foldeJ arms. 
Hell's pow'r invifib'e thy foul retains 
His caprive Have, lock'd up in mafly chains, 
O (inner then, as thou regardft thy life> y 

Seek, feek vvirh ardent care and earneft ftrife g 
To be the glorious Lamb's betrothed wife. J? 

For bafe co-rivals never let him lofe 
Thy heart, his bed' of conjugal repofe. 
Wed Chri/i alone, and with fevere remorie "1 

From other maces purfuea clean divorce; f 

For they thy ruin feek by fraud or force. «) 

As lurking ferpents rn the fhady bow'rs 
Conceal their malice under fpreading fiow'rs y 
So thy deceitful' lufts with cruel fpite 
Hide ghailiy danger under gay delight. 

Art thou a legal sealor, foft or rude, 
Renounce thy nat'ral and acquired good. 
As bafe deceitful lufts may work thy fmart, 
So msy deceitful frames upon thy heart. 
Seeming good motions may in fome be fountY 
Much joy in hearing, like theftony ground^ 
Much forrow too in praying y as appears 
in E#w?3 careful fuit with rueful tears* 



6o GOSPEL SONNETS. 

Touching the law, they blame le/s may appear, 
From fpurious "views mod fpecious virtues faeaa. 
Nor merely be devout in mens efreem, 
But prove to be fincerel'y what they feem,.. 
Friends to the holy hw in heart and life, 
Suers of heav'n with utmoft legal ftrife; 
Yet flili. with Innate pride fo rankry fpic'd, 
Converted but to duties, not xoChriJ}, 
That Publicans and harlots heav'n obtain - 
Before a crew fo righteous and fo vain. 
Sooner will thofe (hake off their vicious -drefs, 
Than thefc blind zealots will their righteoufnefs*, 
Vv ho judge they have (which fortifies their pride)'- 
The law of God it ft Jf upon their (Ide. 
Old nature, new-brufh'd up with legal pains, 
Such fttiij attachment to the law retains, 
No means, no motives can to Jefus draw 
Vain fouls, fo doubly wedded to the law. 

But vuouldft the glorious Prince in marriage have*. 
Know that thy nat'ral hulband cannot fave. 
't hy belt e flays to pay the legal rent 
Can never in the lea it the law con: en t. 
Didft thou in pray'rs employ the morning light,. 
In ttrarsand groans the watches of the night, 
Yds thy whole life in clofe devotion o'er; 
'Tis nothing to the law fliJl craving more. 
There's no proportion 'twixt its high commands^). 
.And puny works from thy polluted hands; ^ 

.Perfection is the leaft that it demands. J) 

WouUljl enter into life, then keep the law, 
But keep it perfectly without a flaw. 
It won't have lefs, nor will abate at laft 
A drop of vengeance for the fin that's pafh 
Tell, finful mortal, is thy flock fo large 
As duly can defray this double charge? 



Pa?vT I. I he Believers tjpcujais. 6i 

u Why thefe are mere impoflfibles" (fayft thou ) 

Yea, truly fo they are; and therefore now, 

That down thy legal confidence may fall, 

The law's bLck doom home to thy bofom call, 

M Lo ! I (the divine law) demand no Icfs 

" Than perfect, everlafting righreoufnefs ; 

u But thou haft fail'd, and loft thy ftrength to DO; 

" 1 here fore 1 doom thee to eternal wo; 

tA In prifon clofe to be (hut up for ay, 

11 Ere I be baffled with thy partial pay. 

" Thou always didft and doft my precepts break* 

" I therefore curfe thee to the burning lake. 

" In God the great lawgiver's glorious name, 

" I judge thy foul to everlafting ihame," 

tfofiefh c-an by the law bejuftiped, 

Yet dareft thou thy legal duties plead ? 

As Paul appeal'd to Ca?far, wilt thou fo ")' 

Unto the law? 'then- to it thou (bait go, > 

Arid find it doom thee to eternal wo. J 

What, would ye have us plung'd in deepdefpair ? 
Amen, yea, God himfelf would have you there* 
His will it is that you defpair of life. 
And fafety by the law or legal ftrife; 
That cleanly thence divore'd at any rate 
His faireft 6on may have a faithful mate. 
Till thislaw-fentencepafs wkhin yourbreafl. 
You'll never wed thelaw-difcharging Pneft. 
You prize not heav n till he thro' hell you draw* 
!Nor love the gofpel till you know the law. 

Know then the divine law mod perfect cares 
For none of thy imperfect legal wares; 
Dooms thee to vengeance for thy finful date. 
As well as finful actions fmall or great. 
Jf any fin can be accounted (mail, 
Tq WJ it dooms thy foul for one and siL 



«z \j u o r l L o kj n rs E* i Oe- 

For fins of nature, practice, heart and way,. 
Damnation tent it fummons thee to pay. 
Yt-a, not lor fin alone which is thy fhame, 
But for thy boafted fervice too, fofame, 
The law adjudges thee and hell to meet, 
Brcaufe thy righteoufnefs is uncbmpleat. 
As tow'ritjg ikrnes burn up the wither'd flags 
So will che fiery law thy filthy rags. 

S E G T. II. 

Direction given with reference to the right ufe of the 
weans , that we reft not on thefe in/lead of Ch ri s r 
the glorious Hujband, in whom our help lies. 

ytfD'JM, where art thou ? Soul where art thou now 

Oh, arc thou faying, Sir, 'what (hall I do? 
I dare not ufe that proud ielf railing drain,. 
Co help yourfelf, and Cod will help you then. - 
May, rathe* know, O Ijra't y that thou haj} 
Defir^y'd u yfetf y and canft not in the It air 
From fin nor wrath thyielf the captive free. 
Thy help (fays Jefus) only lies in me. 
HeavVs oracles direcl to him alone, 
Full help is laid upon this mighty One- 
In him. in him compleat falvation dwells ; 
He's God the help, and there is none elfc. 
Fig-leaves won't hide thee from the fiery fhowV^ 
'Tis he alone than faves by price and pow'r. 

Mufl: we do nothing then (will mockers lay) 
But reil in (loth till heav'n the help convey? 
Pray, fiop a little, finner, don't abufe 
God's awful word, that charges ihte to ufe 
]V-eans, ordinance?, which he's pleas'd to place, 
As- precious channels of hie pow'rftil grace. 



Fart l. ioe Dtuzver s zjpcnjais. 03 

Reftlcfs improve all thefe, until from heav'r* 
The whole falvarion needful thus begiv'n, 
"Wait in this path, according to his call, 
On him whole power alone effecleth all. 
"Wouldft thou him wed, in duties wait I fay, 
But marry not thy duties by the way. 
Thou'lt wofully come fbort of faving grace, 
If duties only be thy refting- place. 
Nay, go a little further through them all,. 
To him whofe office is to fave from thrall. 
Thus in a gofpel-manner hopeful wait, 
Striving to enter by the narrow gate ; 
So (trait and narrow, that it wan't admit 
The bunch upon thy back to enter it; 
Isoi only bulky lufts may ceafe to prefs, 
But ev'n the bunch of boaftcd righteoufoefs* 

Many as in the facred page we fee, 
Shall ft rive to enter, but unable be : 
Becaufe, miftaking this new way of life. 
They puuYa legal, not a goi pel it rife: 
As if their duties did Jehovah bind, 
Becaufe 'tis written, Seek and ye fialljznd. 
Perverted fcripture does their error fence, 
They read the letter, but neglect thefenfe. 
"While to the word no gofpel-glofs they °ive, 
Theiry^£ an'i find's the fame with do and live* 
Hence would they a connection native p!ace 
Between their moral pains and faving grace : 
Theft nat'ral poor eflays they judge wont mifs 
)r> juftice to infer eternal blifs. 

Thus commentaries on the word they make. 
Which to their ruin are a grand miftake; 
Tor, through the legal bias in their bread, 
Th*y icrigture to their own dcliruftion wreft. 

Why, 



64 GOSPEL SONNETS. 

"Why, if 'ivefeek *we get, they gather hence: 

"Which is not truth, (ave in the (cripture-fenfe. 

There Jeftts deals with friends, and el fe where faith* 

Thefe feektrs only (peed that afk in faith. 

The prayer of the wicked is abhorr"d y 

j4s an abomination to the Lord. 

Their //^/j are fin, but their neglects no lefs,. 

"Which can't their guilt dimmim, hut increafbv 

They ought, like beggars, lie in grace's way ; 

Hence Peter taught the forcerer to pray: 

For tho' mere nat'ral men's addrefs or pray'r^ 

Can no acceptance gaia as works of theirs, 

iS'or have, as their performance ^ny fway; 

Yet as a divine ordinance they may. 

But fpotlefs truth has bound itfelf to grant; 

The Suit of none but the-beHeving faint*.. 

In Jefus perfons once accepted, Oor* 

Acceptance find in him for duties too. 

For he, whofe Son they do in marriage take* 

Is bound to hear them for their hufband'b faks*\ 

But let no Chrifllefs foul at pray 'r appear, 
As if Jehovah >were obliged to hear; 
But ufe the means, becaufea fov'reign God 
May come vv'tK alms in this his wonted road. 
He wills thee to frequent kind wifdom's gate, ; 
To read, hear, meditate, to pray and wait: 
Thy fpiriMhenbe on thefe duties bent, 
As gofpel means, but not as legal rent. 
From thefe don't thy fai vat ion hope nor claim**. 
Bu; from Jehovah in the uie of them. 
The beggar's fpirit never was fo dull, 
"While waiting at the gate call'd Beautiful^ 
To hope for fuccour from the temple-gate, 
Ai which he daily did fo careful wait; 



Part I. The Believers Ejpoufefc Cj 

But from the rich and charitable fort, 
"Who to the temple daily made refoit. 
Means, ordinances, are the comely gace, 
At which kind heav'n has bid us conffant wait : 
Not that from thefe we have our aim:, but from 
The HbVal God, who there is wont to come. 
If either we thefe means (hall dare neglect, 
Or yet from thefe th' enriching biifs expect, 
We from the glory of the King defalk, 
Who in the galleries is wont to walk ; 
We move not regular in duties road, 
But bale, invert them to an idol-god. 

Seek then, if gofpel-means you would efTay, 
Through grace to ufe them in a gofpel way * 
Not deeming that your duties are the price 
Of divine favour, or of paradife; 
Nor that your heft efforts employed in thefe 
Are fit exploits your awful Judge tc> pleafe. 
Why, thus you bafely idolize your tr, :h» 
And make ft with the blood of Jejus cwih. 
You'd buy the blefling with your vile refufe, 
And fo his precious righteoufhets abufe 
What ! buy his gifts with filthy lumber? nay, f 
Whoever oifers this, muft hear him fay, f 

Thy money perifn with fhyfoulfor ay. J 

Unties are means, which to the marriage-bed 
Should chaltely lead us like a chamber maid;. 
But tf with her infiead of Chrifi we match, 
We not our fafety, but our ruin hatch. 
To Caefar what is Caefar's ihould be giv'n, 
But Cuejar mult not have what's due to hca/n: 
So c -j:ies fhoulJ have duty's room, 'tis true, 
But no:h:ng of the glorious husband's di*e. 
While aaeaas the debr or' close attendance crave, 
Our who times God alone mull have. 



66 GOSPEL SONNETS. 

If duties, tears, our conference pacify, 
They with the blood of Chrifi prefume to vie. 
Means are his valTals;. (hall we without grudge 
Difcard the matter, and efpoufe the drudge ?•" 
The hypocrite, the fegaiift does fin, 
To live on duties, not on Ckriji therein. 
He only feeds on empty difhes-, plate?, 
Who dotes on means, but at the manna frets. 
Let never means content thy foul at all, 
Without the huiband, who is all in nil. 
Cry daily for the happy marriage-hour; 
To thee belongs the mean, to him the pew'r. 

SECT. 111. 
jt call to believe in Jesus Christ, ivitb fome bints' 
at the a£l and objtft of faith. 

FRiend, is the queftion on thy heart engrav'd, 
What fhall I do to be for ever favd ? 
Lo ! here^ a living rock to build upon ; 
Believe in J^/us-\ and on him alone 
For rigrutoi (nefs and fbength thine anchor drop. 
Renouncing M thy former legal hope. 
u Brieve C^<y you) I can no more believe, 
iJ 1 hoi- ke^p the law of works, the DO and LIVE* 
True, and h were thy mercy diclit thou fee 
Thine utter want brajj ability. 
New covenant graces he a^one can grant 
"Whom God !)<js giv r n to be the covenant z 
E'en J<fus> wiom the facred letters call 
Faith's object, author, hViiher, rmd air; 
In him alone, not In thy aft of faith, 
Thy foul believing full fafya lion hath. 

In this new covenant judge not fa : h to !k>U 
Tue room of per feci doing in the old. 
Faith is not giv'n to be the fedVal price 
Of other bieiluigs, or of paradiie: Bytf" 



Part I. The Believer's Efpou fats. 6j 

But heav'n, by giving this (hikes out a door 
At which is carry'd in frill more and more. 
No Tinner mud upon his faith lay rtrefs, 
As if it were a perfect righteoufnefs. 
God ne'er affign'd unto it fuch a place, 
' Fis but at beft a bankrupt begging grace. 
Its object makes its fame to fly abroad, 
So clofe it grips the righteoufnefs of God ; 
"Which righteoufnefs receiv'd, is (without ftrife) 
The true condition of eternal life. 

But ftiH (fay you) pow'r to believe I rmfs. 
You may ; but know you what believing is ? 
Faith lies not in your building up a tow'r 
Of fome great acYion by your proper pow'r. 
For heav'n well knows, that by the killing fall 
No pow'r, no will remains in man at all 
For acts divinely good ; 'till fov'rcign gi ace 
By pow'rful drawing virtue turn the chafe; 
Hence none believe in Jefus, as they ought, 
' 1 ill once they flrft believe they can do nought, r 
Ncr are fufficient e'en to form a thought. J 

They're confeious, in the right believing hour. 
Of human weaknefs, and of divine pow'r. 
Faith afts not In the fenfe cf ftrength and might, 
But in the fenfe of wcaknefs afts outright. 
It is (no boafting arm of pow'r or length) 
But weaknefs acting on Almighty fir ength* 
\\ is the pcw'rlels, helplefs finners flight 
Into the open arms of faving might : 
M is an employing Jtfus to do all, 
That can within falvation's compafs fall; 
To be the agent kind in ev'ry thing 
Belonging to a prophet, pried, and king; 
To re^ch, to pardon, fm&ify, and fave, 
And nothing to the creature's pow'r to leave. 



68 GOSPEL SONNETS, 

Faith makes us joyfully content that he 
Our head, our huiband. and our All i'hould be, 
Our righteoufnefs and flreogth, our rock and (rore ? 
Our fund for food arid raiment, gr<;cc and glofe. 
It makes the creature down to norhiug (all, 
Content that Chrift alone be a ! l in ail 

The plan of grace *rs faith's delightful view,. 
"With which it clofes both as good and tine-. 
Unto the truth the mind's affent is full, 
Unto the good a free confenting ivilL 
The holy Spirit here, the agent chief, 
Creates this faith, and "daibts unbelief. 
That very God who calls us to believe, 
The very faith he fetks, rriufr. alio give. 
Why calls he then ? (lay you ) Pray, man, be wife y 
Why r^d he call dead Lazarus to rife ? 
Becaufe the orders in their bofom bear 
Almighty pow'r to make the carcale hear. 

But heav'n may not this mighty povv'r cifplay. 
Moil true; yet fiiU thou art oblig'd t'obey, 
But God is not at ail obiig'd to ft retch 
Ills laving arm to fuch a finful wretch. 
AH who within faVation-rolls have place 
Are fav'd by a prerogative of grace: 
But vcflcls all that ihalJ with \*rarh be cramnrd 
Are by an acT of holy jullice damn'd. 
Take (hen, dear foul, as from a friendly heart, 
The counfel which the following lines impart, 

SECT. IV. 

:,"' fife to (inner s to apply to the five rtjgri, mer- 
cy of God, as it is dif cover ed ibrtuyh C:ris r, to 
?hc I'htft honour of ju (lice c divine 

ati> rates, in order to further tin r jail' 
* unto JaU alien* 



Part I. The Believer $ Efpoufals. 69 

GO friend, and at Jehovah's foorftool bow ; 
' I'hou tmowfl : not what a fovrtignGodmay do 
Confefs, if he commifcrate thy cafe, 
' Fwili be an aft of pow'rfnl fo^reigrj grace. 
Sequeftrate carefully fome folemn hours, 
To foe thy grand concern in ftcrec bow'rs. 
Then in rh' enfuing ftrarn to God impart 
And pour into his bofom all thy heart. 
4C O glorious, gracious, pow'rful, fov'retgd Lord, 
<c Thy help unto a (inful worm a (For J ; 
" Who from my wretched birth to this fad hour 
" Have (till been deftirnte of will and pow'r 
ct To dole with glorious Chrift ; yea, fi't'd with fpite ^ 
" nt thy fair darling, and thy faints delight, V 
" Refilling all his grace with all my might. J 

■' Come, Lord, and fap my enmity's nVong tow'r ; 
** O haile the marriage day, the dsy of pow'r- 
,( That fweetly, by refifilefs grace inclLVd,' 
" My once reluctant be a willing rninJ. 
u Thou fpak'lt to being ev'ry thing we fer, 

hen thy almighty will I^iJ, Let it be, 
t( Nothings ro being in a moment pal 
" Let t her the light, thou (lidft, and Co it was. 
u A o-.'w'ifiil word ' call, 

(i Mu aith, and 11. 

" rhoivfcek'^ my ff-n md flight fr .n ;; i and guilt, 
" Give vyhat • h: u ;eek\'l, [.ore!, tr 
" Whit goo can ilfuc from a \ 

" ' r 

:uc bleit. 
call tny pow'r convey") 
ill obey, r 

icious call gamfay. J 

" Com- 



,70 GOSPEL SONNETS. 

"Command, O Lord, cffe&ualfy command, 1 
u And grant f be not able to withftand ; > 

€i Then pow'ilefs I will uretch the wkher'd hand 3 

" I to thy favour can pretend no claim, 
" But what is borrowed from thy glorious name; 
C( Which tbo' mod juftly thou mayft glorifie, 
*' In damning fnch a guilty wretch as me, 
" A faggot fitted for the burning fire 
" Of thine incenfed everlafting ire : 
" Yet, Lord, fince now I hear thy glorious So»/ 
c< In favour of a race that was undone, 
11 Did in thy name, by thy authority, 
" Once to the full ftern juitice farisfy ; 
l< And paid more glorious tribute thereunto 
*^Than hell and all its torments e'er can do. 
#< Since my falvation thro 5 his blood can raife ~) 
* 4 A revenue to juflice* higheft praife, 
€i Higher than rents, which hell for ever pays: 3 
" Thefe tc tremendous juflite never bring 
c€ A fausfaefcion equal and condign. 
" But jtjus our once dying God performs, 
" What never could by ever dying worms: 
"Since thus thy threading law is honour'd more 
%i Than e'er my fins affronted it before: 
" Since juftic* ftern may greater glory won, 
** By justifying in thy darling Son, 
ts Than by condemning ev'n the rebel me; 
if To this device of wHdom, lo ! I flee* 
« Let juftice, Lord, according to thy wili, 
M Be glorify 'd with glory great and fail; 
(i No^ now in hell, where juftice petty pay 
€i Is but extorted parcels mine'd for ay: 
" But glorify 'd in Chrift, who down has toU 
« The total fum at once in liquid gold* 

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Part I. The Believer's Efpoufah. yi 

" In loweft hell low prai'fe is only won, 

c< But juftice has the highefl in thy Son, 

01 The Sun ofrighteoufWfs that fet in red, 

gi Toihew the glorious morning would fucceed. 

u In him then fave thou me from fin and (ha me, 

*■ And to the highefl glorify thy name. 

11 Since this aright Irene thy glories all exprefs> a 
'•' And grace as etnprefs tei$$s thro" righiecufnejs\ 
" Since mercy fair runs in a crimfon Hood : 
•' And vents thro' juilice-fatisfying blood; 
u Not only then for mercy's fake I fue, 
" But for the glory of thy juftice too. 
" And fince each letter of thy name divine ~) 

44 Has in fair Jefus* face the bnghteft: (bine, V 

u This glorious hufband be for ever mine. 3 

" On this Urong argument fofweet, io biefr, 
4< With thy allowance, Lord, I muft infill, 
*' Great God, fince thou allow'A unworthy me 
" To make thy glorious name my humble plea: 
" No glory of it wilt thou gain 
" By carting me into the burning main. 
%i My feeble back can never fuit the load, 
" That fpeaks thy name a (in-revenging God. 
u Scarce would that name feem a confuming fire 

I f 4 Upon a worm unworthy of thine ire. 

i" But fee the worthy Lamb, the chofen Priefl, 
" With juitice' burning-glats agninft his bread, 
" Gqntra&ing ill the beams of 'venging wrath, 
" As in their centre, 'till he burnt to dea.h. 
c< Vengeance can never be fo much proclaim^! 
" By fcattgr'd beams among the millions damn'd. 
H Then, Lord, in him me to the u molt fave, 
€< And thou {halt glory to the fished haye : 

« Glory 



fx GOSPEL.SONNETS. 

" Glory to iiifdom that contrived fo well! 
" Glory io'pow*r that bore andbury'd hell! 
ff Glory ro kclipefs which fin defac'3, - 
" With finkfs fervice now divinely grae'd ! 
€ Glory Xojuftlce fword that flaming flood, 
*! Now drank" to pleafure with atoning blood! 
u Glory ro truth that now in fc'arlet clad, 
u Has feal'd both threats and promifes with red ! 
(i Glory to nitrcy now in purple frreams, / 

*\ So fwcerly gliding thro' the divine flames r 

" Of other once offended, now exalted names! J 
" Bach attribute confpires with joint embrace, 
u To (hew its fparkling rays in Jejus- face ; 
" And thus to deck thec~own of matchlels grace, 
<{ Bur to thy name in hell ne'er can accrue 
" 7 he thoufandih pcirt of this great revenue. 

" O ravifhing contrivance! light that blinds 
€t Cherubic gazers, and fefaphie minds. 
'< They pry into the deep, and love to learn 
" What vet fhould vaftly more be my concern. 
li Lord, orce my hope mo(> reafonlefs could drenm 
u Of heav'n, without regard to thy great name : 
" But here is laid, my laiting hope to found, 
i( Ahig v , a rational, a divine ground. 
'* * i is rtaionable, 1 ex'pecl thou'It take 
" The way tfeat mofr will for thine honour make. j 
" Is this the plan ? Lord, let me build my claim 
c< ' o life, on this high glory of thy name. 
tc Mor let my fahblefs heart or think, or fay, 
<( F hat all this Hory (hall be thrown away: ; 
* f In my perdition; which will nevei laiie 
€c I o fhy great name io vail a rent of praife. 
• c O then a rebel into favour take ; 
u Lord, [hield and fave me for thy glory's fl*ei 



Part I. The Believer's Efpoufals. 73 

" Myendlefsruin is not worth thecoft, 
u That fo much glory be for ever loft. 
u I'll of the grcateit iinner bear the (hame, 
u To bring tfiegreateft honour to thy name. 
" Small lofs, tho' I (hould pcriih en Jlefs days, 
u But thoufand pities grace mould lofe the pr 
" Ohear, Jehovah, get the glory then, 
u And to my I implication fay, Amenr 

SECT. V. 

The terrible doom of unbelievers, and rejecl^rs of 
^Christ, or de/pifen of the gofpsL 

THUS, (Inner, into Jefus* bofom flee, 
Then there is hope in Ifralfure for thee, 
Slight not the call, as running by in rhime- 
Left thou repent for ay, if not in time. 
'Tis moft unlawful to contemn and fhun 
All wholfom counfels that in metre run ; 
Since the prime fountains of the facred writ 
Much heav'nly truth in holy rhimes tranfmit. 
If this don't pleafe, yet hence it is no crime 
To ver(i r y the word, and preach in rhime. 
But, in whatever mould the doctrine lies, *) 

^Some erring minds will goipel-truth defpife r 
hout remede, till heav'n anoint their eyes y 

HThefe lines pretend no conqn'ring art nor fkill s 
But ihew in weak attempts a ftrong good-will 
To mortify all native legal pride, 
And court the Lamb of God a virgin-bride. 
If he thy conjunct match be never giv'n, 
Thou'rt cioom'd to hell, as (ure as God's in heav'a. 
Ifgcifpc! grnce and goodnefs don't thee draw, 
Thou art condemn'd already by the law. 

E Yea, 



74 GOSPEL SONNETS. 

Yea, hence damnation, deep will doubly brace 
If ftill thy heart contemn redeeming grace. 
No argument from fear or hope will move, 
Or draw thy heart, if riot the bond of love: 
Nor flowing joys, nor flaming terrors chafe 
To Chrijl the hav'n, without the gales of grace. 
O (lighter then of grace's joyful found, 
Thou'rt over to the wrathful ocean bound. 
Anon thou'lt fink into the gulph of woes, 
Whene'er thy wafting hours are at a clofe ; 
The falfe old legal hope will then be loft, 
And with thy wretched foul give up the ghoft. 
Then farewel God and Cbrift, and grace and glorej 
Undone thou art, undone for evermore, 
For ever finking underneath the load 
And pre flu re of a (in revenging God. 
The (acred awful text after ts, To fall 
Into hh living hand^ is fearful thrall; 
When no morefacrifice for fin remains. 
But ever-living wraih, and lading chains: 
Heav'n ftill upholding life in dreadful death, 
Still throwing down hot thunderbolts of wrath, 
As tuil of terror, and as manifold, 
As finite veflels of his wrath c;;n hold 
Then, then we may iuppofe thejyretch to cry, 
" Oh, if thib damning God would let me cie, 
" And not torment me to eternity ! 
" Why from the Seat womb of ftuptd earth 
* 4 Did heav'n awake, and puih me id to hu«h? 
4t Curs'd be the d:<y mat ever gave m. life, 
" Cuis'd be the cruel paiems, man and v.ife, 
*' Means of my being, inftiumrr.t? of uoe; 
" For now i'm uamn'd, I m damn'd/ and always 10 
c - Curs d he the d*y thai ever made me he*! 
IZ The gofpel-call, which brought falvauoa a 



i 



Pa it I The Believer's Efpoufals. 75 

u The endlefs found of flighted mercy's bell, 

fl Has in my ears the moft tormenting knell. 

" Of ofFer'd grace I vain repent the lofs, 

** The joyful found with horror recognofcc. 

" The hollow vault reverberates the found, 1 

" This killing echo (hikes the deepeft wound, > 

" And with too late remorfe does now confound.-) 

" Into the dungeon of defpajr I'm lock'd, 

•• Th' once open door of hope for ever biock'd : 

•■ Hopelefe, I fink into the dark abyfs, 

€< Banith'd for ever from eternal blifs. 

€t In boiling graves of vengeance mufl I lie ? 

u O could I curfe this dreadful God, and die ? 

* [nftnite years in torment (hall I-fptnd, 
u And never, never, never, at an end ? 
M Ah! mud I live in torturing defpair 

u As many years as atoms in the air? 

* l When thefe are fpent, as many thoufands more 

" As grains of fand that croud the ebbing fhore I 

46 When thefe are done, as many yet behind 

4C As leaves oi forefl (haken with the wind ? 

u When thefe are gone, as many to enfue 

'* As (tems of grafs on hills and dales that grew? 

* When thefe run out, as many on the march 
u As (tarry lamps that gild the fpangled arch? 
i( When thefe expire, as many millions more 
u As moments in the millions part before? 

" When all thefe doleful years are fpent in paia/ x 
u An.l multiply'd by myriads again, 

* Till numbersdrown the thought; could I fuppofe 
u Thai chen my wretched years were at a dole, 

" This would afford fome eafe: but, ah! I fliiver 
" To think upon the d.eadful found, For ever, 

JE % « The 



?6 GOSPEL SONNETS. 

" The burning gulph, where I blafpheming lie, 

li Is time no more, but vafr eternity, 

u The growing torment 1 endure for fin, 

u Thro' ages all is always to begin. 

" How did I bur a grain of pleafure fow, 

u To reap an harveft of immortal woe? 

" Bound to the bottom of the burning main. 

u Gnawing my chains, I wifh for death in vain. 

4i Juft doom ! fince I that bear th' eternal load 

" Conternn'd the death of an eternal God. 

u Oh, if the God that curs'd me to the la(h, 

" Would bleis me back to. nothing with a dafli ! 

" But hopelefs I the juft avenger hate, 

,c Blafpherne the wrathful God, and curfe my fate." 

To thefe this word of terror I direct, 
Who now the great falvatiort dare negleft \ 
To all the Chrift-de\ piling multitude, 
That trample on the great Redeemer's blood; 
That fee no beauty in his glorious fsce, 
Eut flight his offers, and refufe his grace. 
A meffenger of wrath to none I am, 
But thofe that hate to wed the worthy Lamb. 
For tho* the fmalleit fins, if fmali can be, 
Will plunge the Chrijilefs foul in mil try : 
Yet, lo, thegreatefl that mortals cleave 
Shan't damn the (ouls in Jefus that believe; 
Becaufe they on the very method fall 
That well can make amends to God for all. 
Whereas proud fouls thro 1 unbelief won't let 
The glorious God a reparation get 
Of .11 K:s honour in his darling Son, 
Foi all ih_ great dishonours they have done* 
A fauhie'slonl rhe glorious God bereaves 
Of all the (atisfp.ition that he craves; 

Hence 



Part I. 7he Believer's Efpoufals. 77 

Hence under divine hotted fury lies 

And with a double vengeance juftly dies. 

The blacked part of Tophtt is their place, 

"Who Hight the tenders of redeeming grace. 

That facrilegious monger, unbelief 

So hard'ned 'gainft remorfe and pious grief, 

Re' : God of all the glory of bis names, 

And ev'ry divide attribute defamii. 

Ii loudly calls the truth of God a lye, 

The God cf truth a liar; horrid cry i 

Doubts and denies his precious words of grace^ 

Spits venom in the royal fuitor's face. 

This monfter cannot ceafe all fin to hatch, 

Becaufeit proudly mars the happy match. 

As each law-wedded foul isjoin'd to fin, 

And deftitute of holinefs within ; 

So all that wed the law, mud wed the curfe, 

Which rent they fcorn to pay vthhChriJFs full purfe 

They clear may read their dreadful doom in brief, 

"Whale fefter'd fore is final unbelief; 

Tho' to the law their life exactly fram'd, } 

For zealous acts and pailions too were farrf d, r 

Yet, lo ! He that believes not^Jhali be damn d. J 

But now 'tis proper y on the other fide, 
With words cf comfort to addrefs the bride* 
She in her glorious hufb and does pofffs 
Adorning grace, acquitting righteoufnefs : 
sind hence to her pertain the golden tnines 
Ofcomftrt ofned in the fo Urging tines. 



Ej GOSPEL 



t 78 3 

GOSPEL SONNETS; 

O R, 

SPIRITUAL SONGS. 

PART II. 

^BELIEVER'S JOINTURE. 

OR, 

Tie POEM continued upon Isaiah lir. 5. Thy 
Maker is thy Husband. 



N. B. The following lines being primarily intended 
for the ufe and edification of pioufiy extrcijed 
fouls, and efpe dally thof of a more common and 
ordinary capacity ; the author though fit, thro 9 
the whole of this ficond part of the hook, to con- 
tinue, as in the former editions, to repeat that 
part of the text. Thy Hufband, in the laft line 
cf every verfe : becaufe however it tendtd to li- 
mit him, and reflricl his liberty of words in the 
compofition, yet having ground to judge that this 
appropriating ccmpellation, flili rtjumed, had 
rendered thtfe lines formerly the more favour y 
to fome exerciftd Chrijlians, to whom the name 
#/ Christ {particularly as thtir head and hup 
band) i$ as ointment poured forth; he chofe ra- 
ther 



Fart II. the Believer's Jointure. 7* 

tber to fuhjetl himfelf to that reflriaion than f 
Zith-hildwhat may tend to the fatten and 
comfort of thofe to whom chmst m all tn all: 
Zto whom bis name, as their hufbundfo many 
various w*ys applied, will be no nauftous repe- 
titizn. 

C II A P. I. 

Containing the privileges of the believer 
that is efpoufed to Christ by taiua 
of divine opera. ion. 

SECT, I, 

The Believe*' % ptrftR beauty, free acceptance 
and full fecurity, through the imputation of 
Christ's perfed righteoufnefs, though imparted 
grace he impsrfe&. 

O Happy foul, Jehovah's bride, 
The Lamb's beloved fpoufe, 
Strong correlation's flowing tide 
Thy huiband thee allows. 

In thee, tho* like thy father's race. 

By nature black as hell ; 
Yet now, fo beauiify'd by grace, 

Thy Hufband loves to dwell. 

Pair as the mton thy robes appear. 

While gr<ces are in drefs: 
Clear as the fun, while found to wear 

Th> Hufband's righteoufaefe. 

E 4 Tlt * 



8o- GOSPEL SONNE T & 

Thy moon like graces, changing much 3 

Have here and there a fpot ; 
Thy fun-like glory is not fuch, 

Thy Hufband changes not. 

Thy white and ruddy veflure fair 

Outvies the rofy leaf; 
For *mong ten thoufand beauties rare 

Thy Hufband is the chief. 

Cloih'd wkh the fun, thy robes of light 

The morning raysout-fhine ; 
The lamps ofheav'n are not fo bright^ 

Thy Hufband decks thee fine. 

Tho' heHlih fmoke thy duties fiain, 

And fin deform thee quite ; 
Thy Surety's merit makes thee clean, 

Thy Husband's beauty white. 

Thy pray'rs and tears, nor pure, nor good,. 

But vile and lothfome ft em ; 
Yet gain by dipping in his blood, 

Thy Hulband'shigh efteem. 

No fear thou ftar.ve, tho* wants be great,. 

Li him thou art com pic at : 
Thy hungry foul may hopeful wait, 

Ihy Hifband gives thee meat. 

Thy money, merit, pow'r, and pelf,. 

Were fquander'd by thy fall ; 
Yet, having nothing in thyfelf, 

Thy Hufband is thy all. 

Law precepts, threats, m?y both befet 
To crave of thee their due ; 

fetu 



?AR? It The Believers Jointure. **■ 

But juliice for thy double debt 
Thy Hufband did purfue. 

Tho' juftice ftern as much belong 

As mercy to a God ; 
Yet juftice fuffer'd here no wrong, 

Thy hulband's back was broad. 

He bore the load of wrath alone, 

That mercy might take vent; 
Heav'n's pointed arrows all upon 

Thy Hulband's heart werefpent. 

No partial pay could juftice (till, 

No farthing was retrench'd ; 
Vengeance exacted all, until 

Thy Hufband all advanc'd. 

He paid in-liquid golden red 

Each mite the law required, • < 
Till, with a loud 'Tisjini/hed, 

Thy Hulband's breath expir'd. 

No procefs more the law can 'tent y 

Thou ftandft without its verge* 
And rnaylt at pleafure now prefenc 

Thy HufbanJ's full cBfcharge. 

Tho' new contrafled guilt beget 

New fears of divine ire; 
Yet fear thou not, tho'- drown'd in deb* ; - 

~(%y Hufband is the payer. 

i God might in rigour thee indite 
Of higheit crimes and flaws ; 
I on thy head no curfecan li^ht^ 
Hwilband is the caufe. 

B-5 SEC T, 



$2 GOSPEL SONNETS, 

S E G T. II. 

Christ the believer's friend, prophet, prieft, king, 
dejence, guide, guard, help, and healer. 

DEAR foul, when all the human race 
Lay welt'ring in their gore, 
Vaft numbers in that difroal cafe 
Thy Hufband pa/Ted o'er. 

But pray, why did he thoufands pafs. 

And let his heart on true? 
The deep, the fearchlefsreafonwas, 

Thy Hufband's love is free. 

The forms of favour, names of grace^ 

And offices of love, 
He bears for thee, with open face 

Thy Hufband'skindnefs prore. 

"Gain 11 darknefs black, and error blind, 

Thou haft a fun and fhield; 
And, to reveal the Father's mind, 

Thy Hufband Prophet feal'd. 

He likcwife, to procure thy peace, , 

4nd *ave from fin's arreft, 
Rcfign'd himfelf a facrifke; 

1 ny Hi.fiband is thy Prie/f. 

And that he might thy will fubjeft, 

And fweuly captive bring, 
Thv fins fuhdue, his throne ereft P 

Thy Hufband is thy king. 

Tho' mim'i ous and aflnulttng fo€S 
Thy joyful peace may mar; 



Ana 



Part II. The Believer's jointure, *j 

And thou a thoufand battles lofe, 

Thy Hufband wins the war. 
HelPs forces, which thy mind appall. 

His arm can foon difpatch ; 
How (hong foe'er, yet for them all 

Thy Hufband's more than match. 
Tho' fecret lulls with hid conteft, 

By heavy groans reveal d, 
And devils rage ; yet, do their beft, 

Thy Hufband keeps the field. 
When, in defertion's ev'ning dark, 

Thy fteps are apt to Aide, 
His conduft feek, hiscounfel mark, 

Thy Hufband is thy guide. 
In doubts, renouncing felf conceit, 

His word and Spirit prize: 
He never counfell'd wrong as yet, 

Thy Hufband is fo wife. 
When weak, thy refuge feeft at hand^ 

Yet cannot run the length; 
# Tis pre lent pow'r to underfland 

Thy Hufband is thy flrength. 
"When (baking ftorms annoy thy heart, 

His word commands a calm : 
When bleeding wounds, toeafe thy four* 

Thy Hufband's blood is balm. 
Truft creatures, nor to help thy thrall, 

TSor to afFuage thy grief; 
Ufc means, but look beyond them all, 

Thy Huiband's thy relief. 
If heav'n prefcribe a bitter drug, 

Fret not with froward will) 

E * This 



©4 ^ui>rLL bUNNETi 

This carriage may thy cure prorogue; 
Thy Huiband wants not flail. 

He fees the fore, he knows the cure 

Will mod: adapted be; 
'Tis then moft reafonable, fure, 

Thy Huiband chufe for thee. 

Frienclfhip is in his chafufements, 

And favour in his frowns; 
Thence judge not then, in heavy plaints*. 

1 hy Hufband ihee difowns. 

The deeper his /harp lancet go 

in ripping up thy wound, 
The more thy healing (hall unto 

Thy Huiband's praife redound. 

SECT. III. 

Christ ibe believer *s wonderful phvfician, and 
wealthy friend. . 

T i.ND Jefus empties whom he'll fill, 
%k. Cafts down whom he will raife; 
He quickens whom he feemsto kill; 
Thy Hufband thus gets praife. 

When awful rods are in his hand, 

There's mercy in his mind; 
*\\ hen clouds upon his brow do ftand^ 

Thy Husband's heart is kind. 
In various changes to and fro, 

He'll ever confrant prove; 
Nor can his kindnefs come and go, 

Thy Hufband's name is Love. 



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His friends in mofl afHicted Jot 

His favour moil: have felt ; 
For when they're try'd in furnace hot, 

1 hy Huiband's bowels meJt. 
When he his bride or wounds or heals, 

Heart-kindnefs does him move; 
And wraps in frowns as well as fmiles 

Thy Hufband's tailing love. 
In's hand no curecouid ever fail P 

Tho' of a hopelefs ftate; 
He can in defp'rate cafes heal, 

Thy Hufband's art's fo great* 
The medicine he did prepare, 

Can't fail to work for good : 
O baifam pow'rful, precious, rare, 

Thy Huiband's facred blood: 
Which freely from his broached breaft 

Gu(h'd out like pent-up fire 
His cures are bell, his wages lead, 

Thy Huftxnd takes no hire. 
Thou hall no worth, no -might, no good 

His favour to procure: 
But fee his (tore, his posv'r, his blood; 

Thy Huiband's never poor. 
Himfelf he humbled wondroufly 

v nee to the loweil pitch, 
That bankrupts thro' his poverty 

Thy Hulband might enrich. 

His treafnre is more excellent 

Than hills of Ophir gold : 
In telling (tore were ages fpent, 

Thy Hufband's can't be told. 



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All things that fly on wings of fame, 

Compar'd with this are drofs; 
For fearchlefs riches in his name 

Thy Hulband doth engrofs. 
The great IMMANUEL, God man. 

Includes fuch (lore divine; 
Angels and faints will never fcan 

Thy Hufband's golden mine. 
He's full of grace and truih indeed, 

Of Spirit, merit, might ; 
Of all the wealth that bankrupts need 

Thy Hufband's heir by right. 
Tho' heav'n's his throne, he came from thence 

To feek an J fave ihe ioft : 
"Whatever he the vaft expence, 

Thy Huiband's at the coft. 
Pleas'd to expend each drop of blood 

That filPd his royal veins, 
He fnnk the facred victim flood; 

Thy hufband fpar'd no pains. 
His coft in^menfe was in thy pla-ce, 

Thy freedom coft his thrall; 
Thy glory coft him deep difgrace # 

Thy Husband paid for all. 

SECT. IV. 

The believer's faftty under the covert of Ch just's 
atoning blood, and pvwerjul inter ceffion. 

WHen heav'n proclaim^ hot war and wrath, 
And (in increas'd the ftrife; 
By rich obeoience unto death 
Thy Husband bought thy life 

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The charges could not be abridged, 

But on theie noble terms; 
"Which all that prize, are hugg'd amulll 

Thy Husband's folded arms. 
"When law condemns, and juftice too 

To prifon would thee hale; 
As fureties kind for bankrupts do, 

Thy Husband offers bail 
God on thefe terms is reconciled, 
And thou his heart haft won; 
In Chrijl rhou art his favour'd child, 

Thy Husband is his Son. 
Vindictive wrath is whole appeas'd, 
Thou needft not then be mov'd; 
In Jesus always he's well pitas' J 9 

Thy Husband's his belovd. 
What can be laid unto thy charge, 
When God does not condemn? 
Bills of complaint tho' foes enlarge, 

Thy Husband anfwers them. 
When fear thy guilty mind confounds, 

Full comfort th s may yield; 
Thy ranfom-bill with blood and wound? 

Thy Hu band kind has feal'd. 
His promife is the fair extract 
Thou haft at hand to (hew; 
Stern jnttice can no more exaft, 

Thy Husband paid its due. 
Ho terms he left thee to fulfil, 

No clog to mar thy faith; 
His bond i? fign'd, his latter will 
Thy Husband feal'd by death* 

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88 GOSPEL SONNETS, 

The great condition of the hand 

Orpromife and of blifs, 
Is wrought by him, and brought to hand, 

Thy Husband's righteoufnefs. 
When therefore prefs'd in time of need 

To fue the promis'd good, 
Thou haft no more to do but plead 

Thy Husbands fealing blood. 
This can thee more to God commend, 

And cloudy wrath difpel, 
Than e'er thy finning could ofFend ; 

Thy Husband vanquifh'd hell. 
When vengeance feems, for broken laws, 

To light on thee with dread, 
Let Chrift be umpire of thy caufe; 

Thy Husband well can plead. 
He pleads his righteoufnefs, that brought 

All rents the law couid crave ; 
Whate'er its precepts, thrtat'nings, fought. 

Thy Husband fully gave. 
Did holinefs in precepts (land, 

And for perfection call, 
Juftice in threat'nings death demand ? 

Thy Husband gave it all. 
His blood the fiery law did quench, 

Its fummons need not fear ; 
Tho't cite thee to heav'n's awful bench, 

Thy Husband's at the bar. 
This Advocate has much to fay, 

His clients need not fear; 
For God the Father hears him ay, 

Thy Husband hath his ear. 

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A caufe fail'd never in his hand, 

So ftrong his pleading is; 
His Father grants his whole demand. 

Thy Husband's will is his. 
Hell forces all may rendezvous, 

Accufers may combine ; 
Yet fear thou not who art his fpoufc. 

Thy Husband's caufe is thine. 
By folemn oarh Jehovah did 

His priefthood ratify; 
Let earth and hell then counterplead, 

Thy Husband gains the plea. 

SECT. V. 

The believer 's Faith Whgpe encouraged \ even hi 
the darkefi nights of defer t ion and diftrefs*. 

TH E cunning ferpent may accufe, 
But never ihall fucceed; 
The God of peace ivillfatan bruife, 

Thy Husband broke his head. 
Hell-furies threaten to devour, 

Like lions robb'd of whelps: 
But lo, in ev'ry per'lous hour, 

Thy Husband always helps. 
That feeble faith may never fail, 

Thine Advocate has pray'd; 
Tho' winnowing tempefts may aflui^ 

Thy Husband's near to aid. 
Tho' grievous trials grow apace 

And put thee to a ftand : 
Thou mayft rejoice in ev'ry cafe, 

'I by Husband's help at hand. 

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90 GOSPEL SONNETS. 

Trull, tho\ when in defertion dark, 

No twinkling flar by night, 
No ray appear, no glimmYmg fpark; 

Thy Husband is thy light. 
His beams anon the clouds can rent, 

And thro' the vapours run; 
For of the brighteft firmament < 

Thy Husband is the fun. 
Without the fun who mourning g$ 9 

And fcarce the way can find. 
Be brings thro y paths they d& not know} 

Thy Hufband leads the blind. 
Through jit e and water be with /kill 

Brings to a wealthy land; 
Rude flames and roring floods, BE STILL, 

Thy Hufband can command. 
When fin diforders heavy brings, 

That prelsthy foul with weight; 
Then mind how many crooked things 

Thy Hulband has made Jtraight. 
Still look to him with longing eyes, 

Tho* both thine eyes (hould fail; 
Cry, and at leng'h, tho* noi ihy cries, 

Thy Husband (hall prevail 
Still hope for favour at his hand, 

Tho 1 favour don't appear; 
When help feems mod aloof to ftani, 

Thy Husband's then molt near. 
In cafes hopelefs like, faint hopes 

May fail, and fears annoy ; 
But moft when ftript of earthly prop*, 

Thy Husband thoui't eajoy, 

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Pa*t II The Believer's Jointure. 9 1 

If providence the promife thwart, 

And yet thy humbled mind 
'Gainft hope believes in hope, thou arc 

Thy Husband's dearefl fiiend. 
Art thou a weakling poor and faint, 

In jeopardy each hour > 
Let not thy weiknefs move thy plaint, 

Thy Husband has the pow'r. 
Dread not the foes that foil'd thee long, 

Will ruin thee at length: 
When thou art weak, then art thou ftrongj 

Thy husband is thy iirength. 
When foes are. mighty, many too, 

Don't fear nor quit the Held ; 
'Tis not with thee they have to do, 

Thy Husband is thy fhield. 
Tis hard to fight againfl an hoft, 

Or firive againft the flream: 
But lo, when all fecms to be loft, 

Thy Husband will redeem. 

SECT. VI. 

Benefits accruing to believers, frcm the ojfica 
nzmes, natures* and /offerings cfCHniiT. 

AR T thou by lufts a captive led, 
Which breeds thy deepeft grief? 
To ranfom captives is his trade, 

Thy Husband's thy relief. 
Kis precious name is Jesus, whyf 

Becaufe he faves from (in ; 
Redemption-! ighr he won't deny, 
Thy Husband's near of kia. 

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92 GOSPEL SONNET S. 

His wounds have fav'd thee once from woes, 

His blood from vengeance fcreen'd; 
"When heav'n, and earth, and heli were foes, 

Thy Husband was a friend : 
And will thy Captain now look on, 

And fee thee trampled down ? 
"When, lo, thy Champion, has the throne, 

Thy Husband wears the crown. 
Yield not, tho' cunning Satan bribe, 

Or like a lion rore; 
The Lion llrong of Judah's tribe* 

Thy Husband's to the fore. 
And that he never -will for fake, 

His credit fair he pawn'd; 
In hotted broils, then, courage take, 

Thy Husband's at thy hand, 
No itorm needs drive thee to a flrait, 

Who does his aid invoke, 
Fierce winds may blow, proud waves may bear, 

Thy Husband is the Rock. 
Renounce thine own ability 

Lean to his promis'd might; 
The ilrengtb of Ifr-aU cannot lye, 

Thy Husband's pow'r is plight. 
An awful truth does here prefent, 

Who ever think it odd; 
In him thou art omnipotent, 

Thy Husband is a God. 

Jlhovah's llrength is in thy head, 

Which faith may boldly fcanj 
God in thy nature does refide, 

Thy Husband is a man, 

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Thy fledi is his, his Spirit thine ; 

And that you both are one, 
One body, fpirit, temple, vine, 

Thy Husband deigns to own. 
Kind, he afTum'd thy fleili and blood 

This union to purfue; 
And without ftiame his brotherhood 

Thy Husband does avow. 
He bo r e the crofs thy crown to win, 

His blood he freely fpi!t; 
The holy One affirming fin, 

Thy Husband bore the guilt. 
Lo, what a blefs'd exchange is this ? 

What wifdom fliines therein ? 
That thou mightfl be made ri^bteoufnefs^ 

Thy Husband was made Jin. 
The God of joy a man of grief, 

Thy forrows to difcufs; 
Pure innocence hang'd as a thief 

Thy Husband lov'd thee chus. 
Bright beauty had hisvifa^e rcarr'd, 

His comely form abis'd: 
True reil was from ail reil debarr'd, 

Thy Husband s heel was bruis'd. 
The God of bleiTings was a curfe, 

The Lord of lords a diu^ge, 
The heir of all things poor in purfe: 

Thy Husband did not grudge. 
The Judge of all condemned was, 

J he God immortal ilain: 

No favour, in thy woful cat.fe, 

Thy Husband did obtain. 

SECT. 



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SECT. VII. 

Chris t'j fufferings further improved ; and believ* 
ers called to live by faith, both when they have 
and want fen fib le influences* 

LOUD praifes fing without furceafe, 
To him that frankly came, 
And gave his foul a facrifice; 

Thy Hu(band was the lamb. 
What wak'ned vengeance could denounce. 

All round him did be et; 
And never left his foul, till once 

Thy Husband paid the debt. 
And tho' new debt thou (till contrail, 

And run in deep arrears; 
Yet a!* thy burdens on hii back 

Thy Husband always bears, j 
Thy Judge will ne'er demand of thee 

Two payments for one debt; 
Thee with one vifrim wholly free 

Thy Husband kindly (el 
Thnr no grim vengeance might thee meet, 

Thy Husband met with all; 
£nd, that thy foul might drink the Tweet, 

Thy Husband drank the gall. 
F«H breads of joy he loves t' extend, 

Like to a kindly nurfe; 
And, that thy biifs might full be gatn'^ 

Ml ,v Husband w*s a corlfe; 
Thy fins he glu'd unto the tree, 

His blood this virtue hath ; 

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Pa&t II. The Believer's Jointure-* 9£ 

For, that thy heart to (in might die, 

Thy Husband fuffer'd death. 
To purchafe fully all thy good, 

All evil him betel ; 
To win thy heavn with ilreams of blood 

Thy Husband quenched hell. 
That this kind days man in one band 

Might God and man betroth, 
Re on both parties lays his hand; 

Thy Husband pleafes both 
The blood that could ftern juftice pleafej 

And law demands fulfil, 
Can alfo guilty confcience eafc; 

Thy Husband clears the bill. 
Thy higheft glory is obtain'd 

By his abatement deep : 
And, th^t thy tr-ars might all be drain'd, 

Thy Husband chofe to wtep. 
His bondage all thy freedom bought, 

He fto< »p'd (b lowly down ; 
Mis grappling all ihy grandeur brought, 

Thy Husband's ciofs thy crown. 
'Tis by his (hock thy fcepter ("ways, 

His warfare ends thy n\ife; 
Tis poverty thy wealth conveys, 

Thy Husband's de^ih chy life. 
Do mortal damps invade thy heart, 

And de^dnefs fetee ihee (ore? 
Rejoice in this, that life t* rnpart 

I hy Husband has in ftoie. 
And -hen new life imparled fecm6 

RfttWiih'd as a rock, 



9* GOSPEL SONNETS. 

Boaft in the fountain, not the ftreams; 

Thy Husband is thy ftock. 
The ft reams may take a various turn, 

The fountain never moves : 
Ceafe then o'er failing flreams to mourn, 

Thy Husband thus thee proves. 
That glad thou mayft, when drops are gone^ 

Joy in the fpacious fea : 
"When incomes fail, then ftill upon 

Thy Husband keep thine eye. 
But can't thou look, nor moan thy flrait, 

So dark's the difmal hour ? 
Yet as thou'rt able, cry, and wait 

Thy Eiusband's day of power. 
Tell him, though fin prolong the term, 

Yet love can fcarce delay: 
Thy want, his promife, all affirm, 

Thy Husband mull not flay. 

SECT. VIII. 
Christ the believer's enriching treafure, 

KIND fefift lives, thy life to be 
Who mak'ft him thy refuge ; 
And, when he comes, thou'lt joy to fee 

I hy Husband (hall bejudge. 
Should paffiog tioubles thee annoy, 

Without, wirhin, or both ! 
Since endlefs lue thou'lt then enjoy 

Thy H u sba o d p 1 ed gjd h i s truth. 
Whar won't he, ev^n i$ time, impart . 
That's for thy real good ? 



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Part II. The Believer's Jointure. 97 

He give his love, he gave his heart, 
Thy Husband gave his blood. 

He gives hi mfelf, and what fhould more? 

What can he then refufe ? 
If this won't pleafe thee, ah ho,v fore 

Thy Husband doft abufe I 

Earth's fruit, heavVs dew he won't deny, ^ 

Whofe eyes thy need behold : 
Nought under cr above the llcy 

Thy Husband will with hold. 

Dofl loiTes grieve ? Since all is thine, 

What lofs can thee befall ? 
AH things for good to thee combine , 

Thy Husband orders all. 

Thon'rt not put off with barren leaves, 

Or dung of earthly pelf; 
More wealth than heav'n and earth he gives, 

Thy Husband's thine himfelf. 

Thou had enough to ftay thy plaint, 

EHe thou compiain'ft of eafe; 
For, having all, don't fpeak of want, 

Thy Husband may fuffice. 

From this thy (lore, believing, take 

Wealth to the u.moft pitch : 
The gold of Qphir cannot make, 

Thy Husband makes thee rich. 

Some flying gains acquire by piins, 

And fome by plund'ring toil ; 
Such treafure fades, but thine remains, 

Thy Husband's cannot fpoil. 

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SECT. IX. 

Christ the believer's adorning garment. 

YE A, thou exceirft in rich atire 
The lamp that lights the globe: 
Thy fparkling garment heav'n's admire, 

Thy Husband is thy robe. 
This raiment never waxes old, 

* Tis always hew and dean : 
From fummer-hear, and winter cold, 

Thy Husband can thee fcreen. 
All who the name of worthies bore, 

Since Adam was undreft, 
No worth acquir'd, but as they wore 

Thy Hufband's purple vefh 
This linen fine can beautify 

The foul with fin begirt. 
O blefs his name, that e'er on thee 

Thy Hufband fpread his fkirt. 
Are dunghills deck'd with flow ry glore, 

Which Solomon's outvie? 
Sure this is infinitely more, 

Thy Hufband decks the fky. 
Thy hands could never work the drefs, 

By grace alone thou'rt gay. 
Grace vents and reigns through righteoufnefs, 

Thy Hufband's bright array. 
To fpin thy robe no more doft need 

Than lilies toil for theirs : 
Out of his bowels evVy thread 

Thy Huiband thine prepares. 

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SECT, X. 

Christ the believer's fweet nouriJhmenU 

TH Y food conform to thine array, 
Is heav'nly and divine; 
On paftures green, where angels play, 

Thy Hufband feeds thee fine. 
Angelic food may make thee fair, 

And look with chearful face; 
The bread of life, the double (hare, 

Thy Hufband's love and grace. 
What can he give, or thou defire, 

More than his fleih and blood ? 
Let angels wonder, faints admire, 

Thy Hulband is thy food ! 
His flefh the incarnation bears, 

From whence thy feeding flows; 
His blood the Jatis faction clears: 

Thy Husband both beftows. 
Th' incarnate God a facrifice, 

To turn the wrathful tide, 
Is food for faith; that may fufficc 

Thy Husband's guilty bride. 
This ftrength'ning food may fit and fence 

For work and war to come; 
Till through the croud, forne moments hence, 

Thy Husband bang thee home : 
Where plenteous feafting will fucceed 

To fcanty feeding here: 
And joyful at the table- head 

Thy Husband fair appear. 

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ioo GOSPEL SONNETS. 

Then crumbs to banquets will give place, 

And drops to rivers new: 
While heart and eye will fnce to face 

Thy Husband ever view. 

C H A P. II. 

Containing the marks and characters of 
the believer in Christ; together with 
fbme farther privileges and grounds of 
comfort to the faints. 

SECT. I. 

Doubting believers called to examine, by marks 
drawn from their love to him and his pre/ence 9 
their view of his glory, and their being emptied 
of felf right eoufnefSy etc. 

GOOD news! bur, fays the drooping bride, 
Ah! what's all this to me? 
Thou doubt'ft thy right when {hadows hide 

Thy Husband's face from thee. 
Through fin and guilt thy fpirit faints, 

And trembling fears thy fate: 
But harbour not thy groundlefs plaints, 

Thy Husband's advent wait. 
Thou fobb'iV' O were I fure he's mine, 

This would give glad'ning cafe;" 
And fay'ft, Though Vants and woes combine, 
Thy Husband would thee pleafe. 

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But up, an J down, and feldom clear, 

Inclos'd with heliiih routs ; 
Yet yield thou not, nor toiler fear: 

Thy Husband hates thy doubts. 
Thy cries and tears may flighted fccm, 

And barr'd from preient cale; 
Yet blame thyfelf, but never dream 

Thy Husband's hi to pleafe. 
Thy jealous unbelieving heart 

Still droops, and knows nor why; 
Then prove thyfelf, ro eafe thy imart, 

Thy Husband bids ihee try. 
The following queilions put to thee, 

As icripture-marks, may tell 
And fnew, whate'er thy failings be, 

Thy Husband loves thee well. 

MARK S. 

ART thou content when he's away ? 
Can earth allay thy pants? 
If confeience witnefs, won't it fay, 

Thy Husband's ail thou wants? 
When he is near, (though in a crofs) 

And thee with comfort feeds; 
Doll thou not count the earth as dro;s, 

Thy Husband all thou needs? 
In duties art thou pleas'd or pain'd, 

When far he's out of view ? 
And finding him, rhink'ft all regain'd, 

Thy Husband always new? 
Though once thou thought'/}, while Siwri mift 

And darknefs compalVd thee, 

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102 UUSTfcL, SONNETS, 

Thou waft undone ; and glorious Chrift 

Thy Husband ne'er would be : 
Yet know'ft thou not a fairer place, 

Of which it may be told, 
That there the glory of his grace 

Thy Husband did unfold? 
Where heav'nly beams in flam 'd thy foul, 

And love's feraphic art, 
"With hallelujahs, did extol, 

Thy Husband in thy heart? 
Could then have wifrTd all Mam's race 

Had join'd with thee to gaze; 
That, viewing fond his comely face, 

Thy Husband might get praife? 
Art thou disjoin'd from other lords? 

Divorc'd from fed'i al laws ? 
While with moft loving gofpelcords 

Thy Husband kindly draws? 
A'n't thou enlight'ned^now, to fee 

Thy righteoufnefs is naught 
But rags, that cannot cover thee? 

Thy Husband fo has taught. 
Doft fee thy bed performances 

Deferve but hell indeed ? 
And hence art led, renouncing thefe, 

Thy Husband's blood to plead? 
When ftrength'ned boldly to addrefs 

That gracious throne of his, 
Dofl find thy ftrength and righteoufnefs 

Thy Husband only is ? 
Canft thou thy mofl: exalted frame 

Renounce, as with ricg graft) 

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Fa*t II. The Believtr's Jointure. 103 

And firmly hold thine enly claim, 

Thy Husband's worrhinefs? 
Canit pray with urmoft holy * pith, 

And yet renounce thy good I 
And walh, not with thy rears, but with 

Thy Husband's precious blood? 

SECT. II. 
Believer's iefcribed from their faith acting hy di- 
vine aid, and fleeing quiie ml of. tb&nfeiva tv 
Christ. 

CAN nothTng lefs thy confeience eafe, 
And pleafe thy heart; no lefs 
Than th2t which juftice fatisiies, 
Thy Husband's righteoufnefs ? 
Dofl fee thy works fo ftain'd with fin, 
That thou through grace art mov'd 
To feek acceptance only in 

Thy Husband, thebelov'd? 
Dofl thou remind, that once a day 

Free grace did ftrengthen thee. 
To gift thy guilty foul away, 

Thy Husband's bride to be? 
Or doll thou mind the day of powV, 

Wherein he broke thy pride, 
And gain'd thy heart? O happy hour ! 

Thy Husband caught the bride i 
He did thy enmity fubdue, 

Thy bondage fad recal, 
Made thee to chufe, and clcfe purfue 
Thy Husband as thy all. 
* Vigour or ftrength* 

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104 GOSPEL SONNETS. 

What reft, and peace, and joy enfu'd 

Upon this noble choice ? 
Thy heart, with flovv'rs of pleafure ftrew'cJ* 

Thy Husband made rejoice. 
Dolt know thou ne'er couldft him embrace, 
, Till he embraced thee ? 
Nor rver fee him, rill his face 
Thy Husband opened free? 
And rindeft to this very hour, 
That this is (till the charm ; 
Thou canft do nothing, till with pow'r 

Thy Husband (hew his arm I 
Can ft: thou do nought by nature, art, 

Or any ftrength of thine, 
Until thy wicked froward heart 

Thy Husband (hall incline? 
But art thou, though without a wing 

Of pow'r aloft to flee, 
Yet able to do ev'ry thing, 

Thy Husband ftrength ning thee ? 
Dofl not alone at duties fork, 

But foreign aid enjoy ? 
And Rill in ev'ry piece of work 

Thy Husband's ftrength employ > 
Thy motion heav'nly is indeed, 

While thou by faith tfoft move, 
And ftitl in ev'ry tlire of need 

Thy Husband's grace improve. 
No common nat'ral faith can (hew 

lis divine brood like this; 
Y-'bofe ebjeel, author, feeder too, 
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Doft thou by faith on him rely > 

On him, noton thy fairh ? 
If faith (hall with its object vie 

Thy Husband's fet beneath. 
Their hands receiving faculty 

Poor beggars never view; 
But hold the royal gift in eye: 

Thy Husband fo wilt thou. 
Faith, like a gazing eye, ne'er waits 

To boaft its feeing pow'rs ; 
Its objeft views, itfelf forgets, 

Thy Husband it adores. 
It humbly ftill itfelf denies, 

Nor brags its afts at all ; 
Deep plung'd into its cbjeft lies, 

Thy Husband is its all. 
No ftrength but his it has, and vaunts, 

No (lore but his can fhow; 
Hence nothing has nothing wants, 

Thy Husband trains it fo. 
Faith, of its own, no might can (hew, 

Elfe would itfelf deftroy 4 
But will, for all it has to do, 

Thy Husband ftili employ. 
Self-faviours none could ever be 

By faith or grace of theirs ; 
Their fruitlefs toil, fo high that fice, 

Thy Husband's praife impairs. 
The feemingly devouteft deed, 

Thnt would with (hamelefs brow 
His faving trade take o'er his head, 

Thy Husband won't allow: 

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Dofl therefore thou to hirn alone 

Commit thy finful foul ? 
Knowing of thy falvation 

Thy Husband is the whole? 

SECT. III. 

Believers characlerifed by the cbjecls and purity of 
their dejire y delight \ joy \ hatred, and love % dif co- 
vering they have the Spirit ^/'Christ. 

DOST thou his Spirit's conduft wait? 
And, when compar'd to this, 
/ill worldly wifdom under-rate ? 

Thy Husband waits to blefs. 
Tak'ft thou his Spirit for thy guide 

Through Baca's valley dry, 
Whofe ftreams of influences glide 

Thy Husband's garden by? 
In digging wells here by hispow'r, 

Dofbfind it not in vain. 
'While here a drop and there a fhow'iy 

Thy Husband makes to rain ? 
Hence doft thou through each weary cafe 

From ftrength to flrength go on, 
From faith to faith, while grace for grace 

Thy Husband gives anon ? 
The good, the gracious work begun, 

And furthered by his ftrength, 
Shall profp'rous, though with wreftling, win- 

Thy Husband's crown at length. 
Sin's pow'r and prefence canft thou own 

Is thy mod grievous fmart, 
That makes thee fob and weep alone ? 

Thy Husband knows thy heart- 
Doe? 



^art II, The Believer's Jointure. \ 

Does love to him make thee diftafte 

Thy lufts, with all their charms ? 
And mod them lotrTft, when moft thou haft. 

Thy Hufband in thine arms? 
Are cords of love the fweeteft ties 

To bind thee duty-ways ? 
And bed thou ferv'ft, when moft thou fp'ws 

Thy huiband's beauteous rays ? 
Didft ever thou thy pardon read 

In tears of untold joy ? 
"When mercy made thy heart to bleed, 

Thy Hufband was not coy. 
Do pardons fweetly melt thy heart ? 

And moft embitter fin ? 
And make thee long with drofs to parr., 

Thy Hufband's throne to win I 
When he arifes luft to kill, 

Corruptions to deftroy, 
Does gladnefs then thy fpirit fill ? 

Thy Hufband is thy joy. 
Doft thou his perfon fair embrace 

Beyond his bleffings all ? 
Sure, then, thou boldly, mayft through grace 

Thy Hufband Jefus call. 
What company doft thou prefer? 

"What friends above the reft ? 
Of all relations ever were, 

Thy Hulband is the beft. 
Whom in the earth or heav'n doft then* 

Moft ardently defire ? 
Is love's afcending fpark unto 

Thy Hufband fet on fire ? 

£ d Haft. 



ig8 GOSFEL SONNETS. 

Haft thou a hatred to his foes, 

And doft their courfe decline ? 
Lov'ft thou his faints, and d^r'ft fuppofe 

Thy Hu(band's friends are thine . ; 
Doft thou their talk and wslk efteem, 

"When moft divinely grave ? 
And favour'ft beft when moil they feem 

Thy Hutband's Sp'rit to have. 

SECT. IV. 

Believers in Christ affect his counfel, word, ordi- 
nances, appearance, jull enjoyment in heaven,, 
and /wee t prefence here. 

WHERE go'ft thou firft when in a ftrair, 
Or when with grief oppreft ? 
Flee'ft thou to him ? O happy gate I 

Thy Huiband is thy reft. 
His counfel feek'ft thou ftill prepar'd, 

Nor can ft without him live. 
"VVifdom to guide, and ftrength to guard, 

Thy Hulbahd hath to give. 
Canft thou produce no pleafant pawn, 

Or token of his love ? 
Won't fignets, bracelets from his hand, 

Thy Hu (band's kindnefs prove? 
Mind'ft when he fent his healing word, 

Which darting from on high, 
Did light, and life, and joy afford ? 

Thy Husband then was nigh. 
Canft thou the promife fweet forget, 

He dropt into tby heart ? 

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Paut IL The Believers Jointure. **$ 

Such glad'ning powV, and love with ir, 

Thy Husband did impart. 
Doft thou affeft his dwelling-place, 

And mak'il it thy repair; 
Becaufe thine eyes have feen, through grace. 

Thy Hufband's glory there ? 
Deft love hs great appearing day, 

And thereon mufe with joy ; 
"When dufky (hades will fly away, 

Thy Hufband death deflroy ? 
Dofl long to fee his glorious face 

Within the higher 01 b, 
Where humid forrows lofing place, 

Thy Hufband's rays abforb ? 
Long'ft to be free of ev'ry fault, 

To bid all fin adieu ? 
And mount the hill, where glad thou (halt 

Thy Hufband's glory view ? 
Life where it lives, love where it loves, 

Will mod defire to be. 
Such love-fick longing plainly proves 

Thy Hufband's love to thee. 
"What is it bell can eafe thy plaint, 

Spread morning o'er thine ev'n ? 
Is his approach thy heart's content, 

Thy Hufband's pretence heav'n ? 
And when deny'd this fweet relief, 

Canft thou afTert full well, 
His hiding is thy greateft grief] 

Thy Husband's abfencehell? 
Let thy experience be difclos'd ; 

If confeience anfwer yea 

To 



mo u u b r & l, 5 U N N E T S. 

To all the queries here proposed, 
Thy Husband's thine for ay. 

Pertains thefe charafters to thee P 

Then foul, begin and praife 
His glorious worthy name, for he 

Thy Husband is always. 

S E C T. V. 

The true Believer's humility, dependence, zeal, 
growth, admiration of free grace* and knowledge 
of Christ's vcice. 

PErhaps a faint may figh and fay, 
" 1 fear I'm yet to learn 
" Thefe marks of marriage-love." Yet flay 
Thy Husband's bowels yearn. 

Though darknefs may thy light obfcure ; 

And ftorms furmount thy calms, 
Day yield to night, and thou be poor, 

Thy Husband yet has alms. 

Dofl fee thyfelf an empty brat, 

A poor unworthy thing, 
"With heart upon the duft laid flat?' 
* Thy Husband there does reign. 

Art in thine own efreern a beaft, 

And dofl thyfelf abhor ? 
The more thou haft of felf-diftafie 5 

Thy Husband loves thee more. 

Can hell breed no fuch wicked elf, 

As thou in thine own fight ? 
Thou'fl got, to fee thy filthy fclf, 

Thy Husband's £>ureft light. 



Part II. The Believer's Jointure-. Hi 

Canft find no name fo black, fo vile, 

With which thou wouldft compare, 
But call'ir thyfelf a lump of hell ? 

Thy Huiband calls thee fair. 
When his kind vifits make thee fee 

He's precious, thou art vile, 
Then mark the hand of God with thee, 

Thy Hufband gives a fmile. 
He knows what vifi& fuit thy flare, 

And, though mod rare they be, 
It fets thee well on him to wait, 

Thy Hufband waits on thee. 
Doft fee thou art both poor nnd weak, 

And he both full and firong ? 
O don't his kind delays miftake, 

Thy Hufband comes ere long. 
Though, during SinaVs ftormy day, 

Thou dread'ft the difmal blaft, 
And fear'ft thou art acaft-away, 

Thy Hufband comes at laft. 
The glorious Sun will rife apace, 

And fpread his healing wings, 
In fparkling pomp of fov'reign grace, 

Thy Hufband gladnefs brings. 
Can'ft thou, whate'er fhould come of thec, 

Yet wi(h his Zion well, 
And joy in her pofperity ? 

Thy Hufband loves thy zeal. 
Doft thou admire his love to fome, 

Though thou fhouldft never (hare ? 
Mercy to thee will alfo come, 

Thy Hulbaod hath to fpare. 

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112 GOSPEL SONNETS. 

Poor foul ! dofr. grieve for want of grace ? 

Audi weep for want of love, 
And Jefurfeek'ft I O hopeful cafe ! 

Thy Hufband lives above. 
Regretting much thy falling ftiorr, 

Doll after mo» c afpire ? 
There's hope ii, Ifraltox thy fort, 

Ihy Hufband's thy defire. 
Art thou well pleas'd tint fovVeign grace 

Through Chr ift exalted be ? 
This frame denotes no hopelefs cafe, 
Thy Hufban4's pleas'd with thee. 
Couldft love to be the footftool low» 

On which this throne might rife, 
Its pompous grace around to fiiow ? 

Thy H u (band does thee prize. 
If but a glance of his fair face 

Can chear thee more than wine ; 
Thou in his loving heart halt place, 

Thy Hufband place in thine. 
Doft make his blood thy daily bath? 

His word and oath thy flay ? 
His law of love thy lightfom path ? 

Thy Hufba-nd is thy way. 
AU things within earth's fpacious womb 

Dofl: count but lofs and dung, 
For one fweet word in feafon from 
Thy Hufband's learned tongue? 
Skill to difcern and know his voice 

From words of wit and art, 
"Will clearly prove thou art his choice, 
Tby Hufband thine in heart. ^ 

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Part II. The Believers Jrinfure. 113 

The pompous words that fops admire, 

May vagrant fancy feaft; 
But with feraphic harmlefs fire 

Thy Hulband's burn the breaft. 

SECT. VI. 

True believers are willing to be tried and ex* 
amine d. Comforts arifing to them jrom Christ'^ 
ready fupply, real fympathy } and relieving names, 
Jutting their needs. 

DOST thou upon thy trait'rous heart 
Still keep a jealous eye ? 
Molt willing that thine inward part 
Thy Hufband ftriclly try ? 

The thieving croud will hate the light> 

Left ftol'n efFecls be fhown : 
But truth defires what's wrong or right 

Thy Hufband would make known. 

Deft then his trying word await, 

His fearching doftrine love ? 
Fond, left thou err through feif deceit, 

Thy Hufband would thee prove ? 

Does oft thy mind with inward fmart 

Bewail thy unbelief? 
And confeious fue from plagues of heart 

Thy Huiband for relief? 

Why dcubt'ft his love ? and yet behold, 
With him thou wouldft not part 

For thoufand thouf;md earths of geld ; 
Thy iLiftand has thy heart. 

Though 



ii4 GOSPEL SONNETS. 

Though darknefs, deadnefs, unbelief, 

May all thy foui attend ; 
" Light, life, and faith's mature relief, 

< Thy Hufband has to fend. 
'Of wants annoying, why complain ? 

Supply arifes hence, 
What gifts be had received from men. 

Thy Hufband will difpenfe. 
He got them in's exalted flate 

For rebels fuch as thou ; 
All then that's needful, good, cr great, 

Thy Hufband will allow. 
Thy wants he kes, thy cries he hears; 

And, marking all thy moans, 
He in his bottle keep thy tears, 

Thy Hufband notes thy groans. 
All thine infirmities him touch, 

They fh ike his feeling heart ; 
His kindly fympathy is fuch, 

Thy Huiband finds the fmart. 
Whatever touches thee, affects 

The apple of his eye ; 
"Whatever harms, he therefore cheeks, 

Tby Hufband!s aid is nigh. 
If foes are fpar'd, thy need is fuch,. 

He flays them but in part: 
He can do all, and will do much, 

Thy Husband adls by art. 
He often for the faddefl hour 

Referves the fweetcft aid : 
See how fuch banners heretofore 

Thy Husband has difplay'd. 



Part II. The Believer's Jointure. 1 15 

Mind where he vouched his good-will, 

Sometimes at Hermon * mount, 
In Jordan land, at Mizar hill; 

Thy Husband keeps the count. 

At fundry times, and divers ways, 

To fuit thy various frames, 
Had feen, like rifing polden rays, 

Thy Husband's various names. 

"When guilty confcience ghaftly. flar'd, 

Jehovah-tsidkenu f, 
The Lord thy righteoufnefs appear'd, 

Thy HusbaDd in thy view. 

"When in thy (traits or wants extreme, 

Help faird on ev'ry fide, 
Jehovah-Jjreh X was his name, 

Thy Husband did provide. 

When thy long abfent Lord didft moae, 

And to his courts repair; 
Then was Jehovah-shammah § known, 

Thy Husband prefent there. 

"When thy affaulting foes appear'd, 

In robes of terror clad, 
Jehovah nissi * then was rear'd, 

Thy Husband's banner fpread. 

When furies arm'd with frigh tiling guilt, 

Dunn'd war without furceafe ; 
Jehovahsiialom f then was built, 

Ihy Husband fent thee peace. 

§ * Pfal. xliii. 6. f Jcr. xxiii. 6. \ Gen. xxii. 14* 
Ezck, xlvii. 35. * Exqd. xvii. 15. \J«dg> W. 24. 

Whea 



u6 GOSPEL SONNETS. 

When thy difeafes death proclaim \J, 

And creaturc-balfams fail'd, 
Jehoyah- rophi * then was fam'd, 

Thy Husband kindly heaPd. 
Thus, as thy various needs require. 

In various modes like ihefe, 
The help that fuits thy heart's defire 

Thy Husband's name conveys. 
To th' little flock, as cafes vary, 

The great Jehovah (hews 
Himfelf a little fancluary -\, 

Thy Husband gives the views. 

SECT. VII. 

Tie believer'j experience of ChristV comforta- 
ble prefence s or cf former comforts , to be improv- 
ed for bis encouragement and fupport under dark- 
nefs and hidings. 

DOST mind the place, the fpot of land, 
Where Jefus did thee meet? 
And how he got thy heart and hand I 

Thy Husband then was fweet. 
Doft mind the garden, chamber, bank, 

A vale of vifion feern'd I 
Thy joy wasTull, thy heart was frank, 

Thy Husband much eikem'd. 
Let thy experience fweet declare, 

Jf able to remind ; 
h Bocbim here, a Bctkel there, 

r i hy Husband made thee find. 

* Sxod. xv. 26. f Ezek. xi. 16. 

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Part II. The Believer s Jointure. i\y 

Was fuch a corner, fuch a place, 

A paradife to thee, 
A PenieU where face to face 
Thy Husband fair did fee ? 
There did he clear thy cloudy caufe, 

Thy doubts and fears deflroy ; 
And on thy fpirit feal'd he was 

Thy Husband with great joy ? 
Couldfl: thou have, faid it boldly then, 

And feaPd it with thy blood ? 
Yea, welcome death with pieafure, when 

Thy Husband by thee flood \ 
That earth again mould thee infnare, 

O how thy heart was pain'd ! 
For all its fading glory there 

Thy Husband's beauty ftain'd. 
The thoughts of living more in fin 

Were then like hell to thee ; 
The life of heav'n did thu? begin, 

Thy Husband fet thee free. 
Whate'er thou foundft him ar thy befr, 

He's at thy word the fame; 
And in his love will ever re(r y 

Thy Husband holds his claim. 
Let faith thefe vifits keep in (tore, 
Though fenfe the pieafure mifs; 
The God of Bethel, as before, 

Thy Husband always is. 
In measYing his approaches kind, 

And riming his defcents ; 
In free and fov'reign ways thou'It find 
Thy Husband thee prevents. 

Prefcribe 



nS GOSPEL SONNETS. 

Prefcribe not to him in thy heart, 

He's infinitely wife. 
How oft he throws his loving dart, 

Thy Husband does furprize. 
Perhaps a fudden gale thee bled, 

VV r hile walking in thy road ; 
Or on a journey, ere thou wift, 

Thy Husband look'd thee broad. 
Thus was the Eunuch fam'd (his ftage 

A riding on the way, 
As he revolv'd the facred page) 

Thy Husband's happy prey. 
In hearing, reading, finging, pray'r, 

When darknefs compafs'd thee, 
Thou foundft, or e'er thou wad aware, 

Thy Husband's lightning free. 
Of heav'nly gales don't meanly think : 

For, though thy foul complains, 
They're but a (hort and paffing blink; 

Thy Husband's love remains. 
Think not, though breezes hafte away, 

Thou doft his favour lofe ; 
But learn to know his fov'reign way, 

Thy Husband comes and goes. 
Don't fay he's gone for ever, though 

His vifits he adjourn ; 
For yet a little while, and Io, 

Thy Husband will return. 
In worship focial, or retir'd, 

Doft thou his abfence wail ? 
"YWit at his ihore, and be not fear'd, 

Thy Husband's (hip's a-faih 



Part IL The Believer's Jointure, 119 

Yea, though in duties knk may mifs 

Thy (burs beloved One ; 
Yet do not faint, for never is 

Thy Husband wholly gone. 

Though Satan, fin, earth, hell at once, 

Would thee of joy bereave; 
Mind what he faid, he won't renounce, 

Thy Husband will not leave. 

Though foes affail, and friendrtiip fail, 

Thou haft a friend at eourt ; 
The gates of he!l ftiall ne'er prevail, 

Thy Husband is thy fort. 

SECT. VIII. 

Comfort to Believers from the /lability of the pro- 
mlfe ; notvjztbftanding heavy chajlifements for 
fin. 

TAKE well howe'er kind wifdom may 
Difp'ofe thy prefent lot ; 
Though hrav'n and earth fhould pafs away* 
Thy Husband's love will not. 

All needful help he will afford, 

Thou haft his vow and oath ; 
And once to violate his word 

Thy Husband will be loth. 

To fire and floods wLn thee he'll down, 

His promife this infures, 
"VVhofe credit cannot burn nor drown : 

Thy Husband's truth endures. 

Doft thou no more his word believe^ 
As mortal man's forfooth ? 

Odo 



no GOSPEL SONNETS. 

O do not thus his Spirit grieve, 

Thy Husband Is the truth. 
Though thou both wicked art and weak, 

His word he'll never rue ; 
Though heav'n and earth ihould bend and break, 

Thy Husband will be true. 
Til never leave thee, is his vow ; 

If truth ha? faid the word, 
While truth is truth, this word U true, 

Thy Husband is the Lord. 
Thy covenant of duties may 

Prove daily mo ft unfure : 
His covenant of grace for ay 

Thy Husband does fecure. 
Doft thou to him thy promife break, 

And fear he break to thee? 
Nay not thy thoufand crimes can make 

Thy Husband once to lie. 
He vi fit -will thy fins ivitb ftrokes , 

And lift his heavy hand ; 
But never once his word revokes, 

Thy Husbands truth will ftand. 
Then dream not he is chang'c! in love, 

When thou art ching'd in frame; 
Thou mayft by turns unnumber'd move, 

Thy Husband's ay the fame. 
He for thy follies may thee bind 

With cords of great diftrefs ; 
To make thee moan thy fins, and mind 

Thy Husband's holinefs. 
By wounds he makes thee feek his cure, 

By frowns his favour prize ; 



Part II, The Believer's Jointure. XZI 

By falls affrighting, (land more fare, 
Thy Huftund is fo wife. 

Proud Peter in the dirt of vice 

Fell down exceeding low ; 
His tow ring pride, by tumbling thrice, 

Thy Hufband cured fo. 

Before he fuffer pride that fwells, 
He'il drag thee through the mire 

Of fins, temptations, little hells; 
Thy Hufoand faves by fire. 

He in affli&ion's mortar may 

Squeeze out old Adam's juice, 
Till thou return to him, and fay, 

Thy Huiband is thy choice. 

Fierce billows may thy veffd tofs, 

And croffes curies fcem ; 
But that the curfe has fled the crofs, 

Thy Hufband bids thee deem. 

Conclude not he in wrath difowns, 

When trouble thee furrounds; 
Thefe are his favourable frowns, 

Thy Hufband's healing wounds. 

Yea, when he gives the deepefr lafh, 
Love leads the wounding hand : 

Mis ftroke, when (In has got a dafh, 
Tby Hufband will remand. 



G SECT. 



J2Z GOSPEL SONNETS. 

SECT. IX. 

Comfort to believers ', in Christ'* relations, In his 
dying love, bis glory in heaven, to which he will 
lead them through death , andfupply with all ne* 
cejjkries by the way. 

Ehold the patrimony broad 
That falls to thee by line ; 
In him thou art an heir of God, 
Thy Hufband's Father's thine. 

He is of relatives a (lore, 

Thy friend will help in thrall ; 
Thy brother much, thy father more, 

Thy Hufband molt of aih 

All thefe he does amafs, and fhare, 

In ways that moft excel : 
"Mong all the husbands ever were, 

Thy Hufband bears the bell. 

Whence run the flreams of all thy good^ 

But from his pierced fide ? 
With liquid gold of precious blood 

Thy Hufband bought his bride. 

His blood abundant value bore 

To make his purehafe broad, 
'Twas fair diviniry in gore, 

Thy Hufband is thy God. 

Who purchas'd at the hicheft price, 

Be crown'd with higheli praife; 
Tor in the higheft paradife ; 

Thy Hufband wears the bays. 



Part III. The Believer s Riddle. 143 

Strange U the place of my abode, 
I dwell at home, I dwell abroad (*). 
1 am not where all men may fee, 
But where I never yet could be £v> 

I'm full of hell (to), yet fall of heav'n (*) % 
I'm (ril upright f», yet (till unev'n (2) ; 
Imperfect (a), yet a perfect faint (6) ; 
I'm ever poor (<;), yet never want (d). 

h : s uSadow v* i t h great dslig 1 1, and his fruit was fweet to my tafte, 
He br ught me to the banqueting ho (e, and his banner over m- 3 . 
was love. Sray mc with flagon*, comfort me with apples; for I 
am lick 1 f luve. 

(u) Jobiv. 19. How much Icfs them that dwell in houf?s of clay, 
whofc foundation is in theduft, which are crefhed before the moth? 
Pjil. xc. 1. Lord, thou haft been our dwelling-place in all generati- 
ons. & xci. i. He that dwelleth in the ferret place of the rnoft 
High, flnll abide under the fhadow of tin: Almighty j Joba iv. 16*, 
God is love ; and be that dwelleth in love, dwelleth in God, anc' 
God, in him. 

(v) //. xxxiii. io\ He (hall dwell on high: his place of defence (haft 
Ve the munition of rocks. Epb. ii. 6. And hath raifed us up to- 
gether, and made us fit together in heavenly places in Chriit jefus. 

(~i'} EccL ix. 3. The heart of the fons of men is full of evil, and 
nadnefs is in theii heart while they live, and after that they go to 
the lead. 

(y) Efh.Wi. 19. And to know the love of CKiift, which pafuth 
. knowl dgc, that ye might be filled with ai: thefulnefsof God, 
\ r.x) Vfil. xviii. 13 1 was alfo uptight before him : and I kept 
Yryfelf from mine iniquity. 
\ (z) Ezck. xviii. 25. Hear now, O hou(c of Ifrael, Are not your 
ways unequal ? 

{a) llto. iii. 1. Be watchful, and ftrengthen the things which re- 
main, that arc ready to die : for 1 have net fjund thy work* per- 
feci before God. 

(5) 1 Cor.\h 6. Howbcie wc ipeak wifdom among tlitai that are 
perfect, &c, 

(.) Pj'al xl. 17. But lam poor and needy, yet the Lord think- 
cth upon me. 

(d) Pfam xxii. 1. The Lord is my (hepherJ, I fbali not wmf. 
& xxxiv to. The young lions do lack, a..d faifcr hunger: but they 
that fcek the Lord (hail not want any good thing. 



144 GOSPEL SON N K T S. 

No moml eye fees God and lives (e), 
Yet fight of him my foul revives (f). 
I live be ft when I fee moft bright (g) ; 
Yet live by faith, and not by fight (//). 

I'm lib'ral (/),. yet have nought to fpare (£); 
Moft richly cloth'd (/), yet ftript and bare (w). 

(e) Kxcd. xxx'.ii. 20. And he laid, Tho'i canft not fee my face : 
fur there (hall no man fe<- m , and live. 

(f) John vi. 40. And this is the will of him that fcnt me, that 
every one which feeth the Son, an i helieveth on him, nv>v have 
everUfiing life. Chap. xx. 20. Then 'were the difcipks glad when 
they law the Lord. 

(g) 1 Cor. iii. 18. But we all with open face, beholding as in a 
glafs the glory of the Lord, are changed into the fame image, from 
glory to glory, even as by the Spirit of the Lord. Chap. iv. 6, F<*r 
God who commanded the light to fhine out of darknefs, hath 
fliincd in our her.rt«, to give the light of the knowledge of the glory \ 
of God, in the face of Jems Chrift. 

{h) Gul li. 10. I am crucified with Chrift : Nevertheless I live: 
yet not I, but Chrift liveth in me: and the life which 1 now live 
in the fl.-fh, 1 live b\ the faith of the Son of God, who loved me, 
and ga^yc himfelf for me. . a- Cor. v. 7. For we walk by faith, not 
by fight . 

(i) Pfi;J. xxxvii %i. The wicked bnrrowcth, and payeth not a- 
gain : but the righte* us (heweth meicy, and giveth. 

(k) Zepb.Wi. ix. I will alfo leave in the mid ft of thee anafflicled 
and poor people, and they (hall truft in the name of the Lord. 

{J J Ifh. Ixi. 10. I will gr atly rejoice in the Lord, my (bul (hall 
be joyful in my God, for he hath clothed me with the garments of 
falvation, he hath covered me with the robe of righteoufnefs, as a 
biidegroom oYcketh himfelf with ornaments, and as a bride ajora- 
cth herfelf with her jewels. 

{rrt) Kzck. x i. 7 J have caufed thee to multiply as the bv& of the 
field, and thou haft inavafed and waxen great, and thou art come to 
excellent ornaments : thy breafts arc fafhioncd, and thine hair it 
grown, whereas thou wad naked and lave, Fev. in. 17. Btcaufe 
thou fayeH, \ am rich, and incrcafed with g< o.'s, and have ne< J of 
nothing; and knoweft not that thou art wretched, ajsd miferablc, 
aod poor, and blind, and naked. 



r**T III. The Believer's Riddle. i±$ 

My (lock is rifen by my fall O) ; 

hor, having nothing, 1 have all (0). 

I'm finful (/>), yet I have no fin (q) ; 
t AU 1 potted o'er (r), yet wholly clean (f). 
- Blacknefs and beauty bath [ (hare, 

A helliih black, a heav'nly fair(j). 

They're of the de el, who fin amain (/) \ 

But L'm of GoJ, yet fin retain (w) : 

This traitor vile the throne ailumes (z>)> 

Prevails, yet never overcomes (w). 

(>/) Row viii. a 8 And we know that all things work together 
for good, to them that love God, to thcui who are the called ac- 
cording 10 his purpose 

(e>] a i or. vi. 10 - as having nothing, and yet pofll- fling all things, 

(p) Horn. vii. 14. For we know that the law i» fpiritual: but f 
an» carnal, f >ld under fin. v. 14, O wretch, d man that I a^ wh» 
fiuil deliver me from rbe boiy of this death! 

(f) iV^w. xxni xi. He hath not h' held iniquity in Jacob, neither 
haiu he teen pcrve'(en( fs in I fra^l. 1 John in 9 Who(I>f v r is born 
of God, doth not commit fin; for his feed remaincth in him: anv} 
),c cannot fir», becaufe he is horn of God. 

(r) Pyi/m xiv. 3. They are all gore afide, they are all together 
become filtny ; the re is n-ne that doth g->od, n* not one. 

Oj Song iv. 7. Thou art ali fair, my love, there is no*(pot is 
thee. 

(s) Sang i. j, Tarn black, but comely, O ye daughters of Jem- 
ialcro, as the tents of Kcdar, as t'ie curta : ns of Solomon, v. 15. 
Etholdthou ait fair, my luvc ; behold, thou art fair, thou hall doves 
eyes. 

(/; 1 John rii. 8 He that committeth tin, ia of the devii ; for 
the devil tinneth from the t canning. 

(«) 1 John i. 8. If weTay that we have no fiD, >we deceive o»r- 
leives, and the truth is not in us. 

( o) Rem. vii. 13. But I fee an >ther law in my members warring 
a<ia;ntt the law of my mind, and bringing me into captivity to the 
Ltw of fia, uhich is in my members. 

(••*) Pf. Ikv. 3 I riKjuitics prevail again ft mc: as for *>nr tranforef- 
fj >nv thou fliuit purge tnem away. Rem, ri. 14, For fin ftuil rot have 
dtfOiifii** j\tt jfou : for j c art not under Oic law, but w.\iwr ^race. 

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146 gospel sonnets. 

Fro without guile on Ifr* elite (x) y 
Yet like a guileful hypocrite (y) ; 
Maintaining truth in th' inward part (2), 
With falfehood rooted in my heart O). 
Two matters, fure, I cannot ferve (£), 
But muft from one regardlefs fwerve ; 
Vet felf is for my mafter known (r), 
And Jefus is my Lord alone (</). 
I feek myfelf incefTantly (e), 
Yet daily do myfelf deny (f). 

(x) John i.' 47, Jefus Jaw Natbanael coming to him, and faith or" 
h\m, Behold an Ifraelite indeed, in whom is no gui!r. Pfhl, xxx'i. 
x. BlefTed is the man unto whom the Lord i ? puteth not iniquity, 
and in whole fpiiit there is no guile. 

(y) Ffal. xix, ix. Who can underhand his errors? Cleanfe thou 
jffit from fecret faults. 

(z.) Pfal. li. 6. Behold thou d^fireft truth in the inward parts: 
and in the hidden part thou (halt make me to know wifdom. 

(.*) Mattb xv. 19. For out of the heart proceed evil thought*, 
murders, adulteries, fornication, thefts, h\£$ witm-fs, blafphemies. 

(b) Mattb. vi. 24. No man can fcrve two matters : for either he 
will hate the one, and love the other ; or elfe he will hold to the 
#ne, and de(pi(e the other. Ye cannot £.rve God and mammon, 

(c) Hofl s. 1. Ifrael is an empty vine he bring, th forth fruit un- 
to himfelf : according to the multitude of his fruir, he hath in» 
treated* the altars ; according to the goodnefs of his land, they 
bare made goodly images, Mattb. xvi. 24 Then (aid Jcfus unto 
his difciple.s }( any man come after me, let him deny himfelf, and 
take. up his crofs and follow me. 

{d) //?xxvi. 13. O Lord our God, other lords, befides thee have 
bad dominion over us: out by thee onJy will we make mention of 
thy name. John xx. s8 And Thomas anfwered and (aid unto 
him, My Lord and my God. 

. (ej James iv. 3. Ye aflc, and receive not, becaule ye afk amifs, 
that ye may condime it upon your lufts. Jtr. xlv. a. 5. Thus (kith, 
the Lord the God of Ifrael unto thee, O Baruch, And feekefr 'hou 
great things for ihyielf? fe^k them not; R>r behold, I will bring 
e>il upon all flefh, faith the Lord ; but thy life will J pvf unto thee 
for a prey in all places \Vnitber thou gocft. 
(ff M,attb xvi 14. See latere. 



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Part III. The Believer's Riddle. 14;/ 

To me 'tis lawful evermore 
Myfelf to love and to abhor (g). 
In this vain world I live, yet fee, 
Yin dead to it, and it to me (*). 
My joy is endlefs (0, yet at bed 
Does hardly for a moment laft(A). 

5 E G T. III. 
Myfleries about the faint's ivirk and warfare, Jins, 

forroivSj and joy. 

TH E work is great I'm calPd unto (a), 
Yet nothing's left for me to do (£): 

(g).Lev. x ; x 18. 1 i ou lhall not avenge, nor bear any grudge 
againil the children of thy people, but thou fhalt love my neigh- 
bour as tbyfelf: I am the Lord. £/>/;. v. *o. For no man ever yet 
hated his own flefh ; but nouriPueth and cheriwVth it, even as the 
Lord the church. John xii. x$. He that loveth his life, fhall lofe it; 
and he that hattth his life in this world, thai! keep it unto life eter- 
nal. JibxMj. 6- Wherefore I abhor myfelf, and reptnt in duft andauVs. 

(♦) Cnt ut. 3 For yt are dead, and your life is hid with Chritfc 
In God. Gal. vi. 14 But God forbid that I fhould glory fave in the 
1 rofs of our Lord J-fas Chrifr, by whom the world h crucified unt» 
me, and I unto the world. 

(;) John xvi- xz And ye n"*w therefore have frrrow: but I will 
fee you again, and your he^rt fhall rejoice, and your joy no mam 
taketh frtjfn you. x Theft, ii ?6 Now our Lord Jcfus Chrifr hint. 
fclf; and God even our Father, which I ath loved us, and hath gi« 
ven us everlafHng consolation, end good hope through grace, &c. 

(k) Pjal. xxx. 7. Lord by thy favour thou haft made my moun- 
tain to ftand Itrong: thou didlt hide thy face, and I was troubled. 
lfoah. xlix 13, 14. Sing, O heavens, and be joyful, O earth, ari 
break fo»th into tinging, O mountains: for the L< rd hath comfort- 
ed his people, and will have mercy upon his afflided* But Z:o« 
laid, The Lord hairy forfakvn me, and my Lord hath forgotten me* 

(<i)Pbil.\i ii. Wherefore, my beloved, as ye have ilwayi obey- 
ed, not as iu my pr> fftnee only, but now much m>re in my abfence^ 
work out your own falvation with f ;tr ,nd trem M:ng. 

(b) Phil. h. 13. For it is G->d wr.ich worketh in y^u, both f* 

will and to do of his good pk+ihrc Lev. xx 7, 8 Sanclify your- 

fdva therefore, and be yc holy: for J am the Lo.d your Grxf. 

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i4» GOSPEL SONNETS. 

Hence for my work heav'n has prepar'd 
No wages (<:), yet a great reward (</). 
To works, but not to working dead O) ; 
From fin, but not from finning freed (f). 
I clear myfelf from no offence (g\ 
Yet wash mine hands in innocence (£). 
My Father's anger burns like fire (/), 
Without a fpark of furious ire (£) : 

And >« Pnall keep my ftatutcs aud do them. I am the Lord which 
fancTfy you. 

(c) Rom. vL 13. For the wages of fin is death : but the gift of 
God is eternal life, through Jefus Chrift our Lord Chap, xi 6. 
And if by grajce ; then it is no more of woiks: otherwifc grace is 
no more grace. But if it be of works, then it is no more grace : o- 
thcrwife work is no more work. 

(J) Pfalm xix. 11. Moreover, by t' em [the judgments of the 
Lord] is |hy fervant warned; and in keeping of them there is great 
reward. Pfal. Iviii, 1 1 Verily there is a reward fur the righteous: 
verily he is a God that judgeth in the earth. 

(c) Rom. vii. 4. Wherefore, my brethren, ye alfo are become 
oead to the law by the body of (Thrift - } that ye mould be married 
|o another, even t > him who is raifed from the c'e.id, that wp 
Should bring forth ftuit unto God- Gal. ii. 19. For I through tho 
law am dead to the law, that I might live uito Go>S. 

(0 ' J°hn i 8. If we fay ?hat we have no fin, we deceive our- 
feUtSy and the truth is not in us. Chap iii. 9. Whofoever is born of 
God, doth not commit fin ; for his feed remaineth in him : and he 
cannot fin, becaufe he is born of God. 

(£) Ram. vii 18. For I know, that in me (that is, in my flclh) 
iiwelleth no good thing: for to will is preient with me; but how 
to perform that which is good, I find not. 

{b) Pftl. xxvi 6. I will wafti mine hands in innocency : ft will I 
krompafs thine altar, O Lord. 

(a) 1 Kings xi 9. And 'he Lord was angry wich Solomon, ba^ 
oaufe his heart was turned from the Lord God of Ifrael, which had 
appeared unto him twice. 

{It) If. xxvii. 4. Fury is not in me. Chap. liv. 9, 10. For this 
2$ as the waters of Noah unto me: for as J have fworn that the 
waters of Noah fljould no more go over the earth ; fo have 1 fworn 
fhat I wo^u not be wroth with thee, nor rebuke thee. For the 
j$bk*uoiBS Ca&li &parr, and the hjfe be remove^ bat my kiiiiccft 



Part III. The Believer's FuiJJe. f&> 

Though full my fins difpleafing be (/), 
Yet fiiil 1 know he's pleas'd wuh me (;;■:). 

Triumphing is my conftant trade (>.), 
"Who yer am oft a captive ted (6) ; 
My bloody war does never ceait (/>), 
Yet I maintain a ftable peace (y). 

My foes aflfauhing conquer ire, 

Yet ne er obtain the victory (r) ; 

For aJl my battles, loft or won, 

Were gain'd before they were begun (p. 

I'm ftillat eafe, and lYiIl oppreft : 

Have conftant trouble, conitant reft (j) ; 

(ball not depart from thee, neither fhaK the covenant of my peace 
be removed, Uuh the Lord, that hath mercy on thee. 

(/) Hab. i. 13. Thou art of purer eyes than to behold cviJ, and 
ca'iit not look on iniquity. Jer. xliv.4. Howbeit, I lent unto yoia 
all my iervants the prophets, fifing early, and fending them, fry- 
ing, Oh do not this abominable thing that I hate. 

(m) Mat. iii. 17. And lo, a voice from heaven, faying. This is 
my beloved Son, in whom J am well pSeafeJ. Rom. v. 1©. When 
v*c were enemies, we were reconciled to God by the death of his Son. 

(n) x Cor. ii. 14. Now thanks be unto God, wnich ui wayscaulctu 
Ui to trinmph in Cbiilt. 

(c) Rom. vii. 13. But I fee another law in my mrr.Sers. warr'-io 
again ll the law of my mind, and bringing mc into captivity to ;!•« 
law of fin, which is in my members. 

(p) Rom. vii x$ See letter (o). 1 Tim vi. iz. Fight the gnrvj 
fight of faith, &c. Gal. v. f 7. For theflelh luffeth againft the Su'.ric, 
and the Spit it againft the fldh : and thefe are cortrary tl.e one ty 
the other j {b that ye cannot do the things that ye wuulJ. 

(q) Rom. v. f. 1 htrefore being justified by fJth, we have peace 
witn God, through our Lord Jefus Chrift. I/a. liv 1 5 Sec letter (hi. 

(r) Rom. vii. z3- See Utter (o). Chap vi r 37. N.»y, in all ilicle 
things we are more than conquerors throughhim that loved us. 

(f) 1 (.or. xv. 57. But ti..>i.ks be to God, which "iveth us the 
victory, through our Lotd JcIls Chrifr. 

(1) z C'jr. iv. 8, We are troubled on every fJe. vet not difireff- 

ed ; wc are pcfpJtlcdj bmt net : n de*pjir. John xvi. 3$. Thcfe thirds 

H % J have 



i 5 o GOSPEL SONNETS. 
Boih clear and cloudy (/), free aivd bound (*); 
Both dead and living (7;), loft and found (w). 
Sin for my good does work and win (x) ; 
Yet 'lis not good for me to fin (y). 
My pleafure iffues from my pain (z) ; 
TVIy leflis flill increafe my gain 0*). 

I have fpoken unto yon, ihat hi me ye might have peace. In thf 
world ye iliall have tribulation: but be of good cheer, I have over- 
come the world. lleh. iv. 3. For we winch have believed, do en- 
ter into reft. 

(f) Ztib. xiv. 6", 7. And 5t fhali come to pafs hi that day, that 
the light r iha!] not be ckar, nor dark. Hut it ihaii be one day, which 
ihall be known to the Lord, not day, nor night : but, it (hail come 
to pafs, that at evening-time it itail be light, Micab vii. 8. Re- 
joice not aoainft rae, O mine enemy: when I tall, I (hall ariicj 
when I fit in da.kntfs, the Lord mall be a light unto me. 

(«) 'Jbbn viii. 36". If the Son therefore fhall make you free, ye 
fiiall be free indeed, sifts xx. 23. The holy Ghoft wuneficth in 
every city, faying that bonds and aime'tions abide me. 

(v) 2 Cor. vi. p t — as dying, and behold, we live. Col. ill. 3. For 
yc arc dead, and your life is hid with Chrift in God. 

(-&) Matth. xviii. 11. For the Son of man is come to fave that 
which was loft. Pfalm. cxix. 1 76. 1 have gone aftray like a loft meep, 
icek thy itrvant, Pbd. iii. o. And be found in him, not having 
mine o*n right eoufnefs, which is of the law, but that which is thro' 
thefahh of Chiift, the righteoufnefs which is of God by faith. 

(:•) fern. viii. 28. And we know that all things work together 
tor good, io them that love God, to them who arc t recalled accord- 
ing to iiia pu.pofe. Chap xi tx. I fay then, Have they ( tumb- 
led that they fnould fill? God forbid: but rather through theii fail 
ftuivation is come unto the Gertil s, for to piovnke them to jeaiouiy. 
(») Pjat. Ixxxix. 31, 32. If' they break m> ftatutcs, and keep liOt 
my coarwi andrticnts then will 1 vifit their trai.igrelHoq with the rod, 
iiid their iiiiquity with llripcs. 

iz) Pjal cxix. 67. iklore 1 was afflicted. I went aftray: but now 
heve J kept thy worJ. v. 71. It is good for me thet i have been 
artiicted : that J might karn thy txatuKS. Jr.ni€% i. z. My bruhrca 
toutu it all ioy when ye fail into divers temptations. 

(.?) McUb. x. 30. He that lofcth his hie For toy fake, fliall find 
it. Mark x. 29, 30. And Jau5 aniwtrcd and faid, Verily I lay un- 
to you, Ti.£iC :6 *«%i.aiug cuurUuth icit hviuie uud Uuticn, or h- 



Part III. The Believer s Riddle. i ;i 

I'm hcalM ev'n when my plagues abound 0), 
Cover'd with duft cv'n when I'm crown'd (<;); 
As low as death, when living high (d) j 
Nor ihall A live, yet cannot die (*). 

For all my fins my heart is fad, 
Since God's diihonour'd (f) ; yet I'm glad. 
Though once I was a (lave to lin (g), 
Since God does thereby honour win (£). 

(Urs, or father, or mother, or wife, or children, or lands, for my 
same's fake anJ the gofptPs, but he (hall receive an hundred-fold 
now in this time, honks, and brethren, and fUers, and mothers, 
and children, and lands, with perfections; and in the world to 
come, eternal ltfe. 

(J)) Rom vii. 14, a$ O wretched mm that I am, who (hail de- 
liver me from the body of this death! 1 thank God, through Jtfos 
Chritr our Lord. 

(1) viz. -with mercy, Job x!ii. e, 6. I have heard of thee by the 
hearing of the ear: but now mine eye feeth thee. Wherefore I 
abhor my (elf, and repent in duft and alhcs. frzek. xvi. ©"3. That 
thou mayft remember and be confounded, and never open thy 
mouth any more bce&ufe of lhame, when I am pacified toward thee 
for all that thou haft done, faith the Lord God. 

(d) x Cor. vi. 9. — as dying, and behold we live. 

(f) tieb. ix. 27. It is appointed unto men once to die. John v. 
24. Verily verily I fay unto you, He that hearcth my word, and 
trlieveth on him that fen! mc, hath evcrlafting life, and (hail not 
C >me into condemnation; but is pallid from death to life. Clmp* 
VI. 40. And this is the will of him that fent me, every one wiiicti 
f-eth the Son, and belteveth on him, may have everlafiing 'life. r. 
5^ Si. Tins is the bread which comcth down from h'avtn, that 
a man may eat thereof ami n )t die. 1 am the living bread .\l.\ch 
came do*n from heaven: if any man ear of this Vead ha (hall l;ft 
for ever: and the brtsd ihat i v»ill give, is my li.lh, which I wiKi 
give for the life of the world. 

(;) Pfal li. 4 A^ainit thee, tl.ee only have I finned, and dcue 
this evil in thy light. 

Bom vi 17 Bat G?4 he thenked, that ye were rlie fcrvants 
of I, 1; but ye lave obe> cd from the heart that form uf d.cuiae 
*»s delivered )ou.' 

Kf. i* Sbg, y? I rtm'njj frr the Lord h;tb 4cr- it r 
H 4 tib*t« 



i : -2 GOSPEL SONNETS, 

My fins are ever in his eye (/), 
Yet be beholds no (]® in me (A-): 
His mind ihat keeps them all in ilore, 
"Will yet remember them no more (/J. 
Becanfe my fins are great, 1 feel 
Great fears of heavy wrath (w) ; yet ftiH 
For mercy feek, for pardon wait, 
Becaufe my fins are very great (»). 

(bout, ye lower parts of the earth : bteak forth into finding, ye 
monnuuns, O foieiis, and every tree Irtcrtin : for the Lord hath 
redeemed Jac<>, and glorified himfe'f in IfiacT. /^. i. 6. To the 
piaife of flic gWy of grace, 7;. 12. 1 hat we fhculd be to the 
praifeof hisgl ry. 

(i) J?fz/. hi. i. I know thy worts, that thou haft a name that 
thou iivelr, and art dead. v. 15. I know thy works, that thou art 
neither cvld nor hut. 

(kj Jsumb. xxir. 21. He hath not beheld iniquity in Jacob, nei- 
ther hath he feen pervcifencfs in Ifrael. Seng iv. 7, Thou art all 
fair, my love, there is no Ipot in thee. Ezek. xvi. 14, And thy 
renown went fo;th among the heathen for thy beauty : for it was 
perfcel through my ccmelincfs which. I had put upon thee, fink 
the Lord God. 

(1) lja. x!i ; i. 25. T, even I am he that b!otteth out thy tranfgr f- 
fioi.-s t'r aunt own fake, and will not remember thy fins. Jeicnn 
i.xxi. 34. 1 vAili forgive their iniquity, and i will remember their 
im no more. tieb. viii. 12. I will be merciful to their ur.rigl teoul- 
nefs and their fins and their iniquities will 1 rem ember no more. 

(v.) h.zrn ix. 13. 14, And alter all thar is come upon us for our 
evi: d e.ls and for out £rear ttefpafs, feeing ihat thou our Cod haft, 
p; nifrnd us iff- than cur niqiitics dtfcivi, and haft gien is huh 
deliverance .- s this: fh» uld wc again break thy commandments, i-nd 
jo r. in affinity with, the pe pie of 'rlni'c ah' miiutioi s ■*, woilJfl u*\ 
t4»ou be angiy with u> till thou hadll canfi.mcd us, io tf at there 
1 ou'd be no remnant ucrc leaping r P/al xxxviii t. O L«rd, r b. ke 
mt not )n thy wruth : neither chalk n me in th) let uiipicnuK. 

(ri) Pf xxv. n. rot th; name's fcke, U L^ r i, pJtdoo nrtTk ni- 
<$uify : for it is great. Jcr -xiv. 7, O Lord, tl ough our iniquities 
tcftiy agaiuft us, eio thru it f 1 thy « aoe'siakc; iur cur L-4ckliie.1i' # i 
are muiiy, we have huiud uguinil <hcc. 

I hope 



Part III. The Believer's Bidlle. *fi 

I hope when plung'd into defpair (o), 
I tremble when l have no fear (/>), 
Pardons difoel my griefs and fears C^), 
And yet diilblve my heart in tears (/> 

SECT. IV. 

Myft tries in faith'j extraullons, way and ™ a " fi > 
prayers and anfwers, heights and dtptbs, fear 
and love. 



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Ith wafps and bees my bufy bill 
Sucks ill from good, and good from ill (tf): 



(o) Rom. iv. 18. Who [Abraham] againft hope believed i* hope, 
a, Cor i. S.p. For we would n^t, brethren have you ignorant of 
f>nr trouble which came to us In Afia, that we were prdRd out of 
meafure, a">ove ftrength, tnibrmich th.it we defpai ed even of life: 
bat we had the fcofence iif death in outfclves, that we Qwuid not 
truft in ourfcives, but in God which raifcth thedejd. 

(/>) Phil. ii. x. Wherefore, my beloved, as ye have always obey- 
ed, not as in my pretence only, hut now much Tjore in my abfl-nce; 
work out your own falvation with fear and trembling. Luke *. 74» 
That he would grant us, that we being delivered out of the hands 
e 1 our enemies, might terve him without fiar. 

(f ) Mjtih ix» ».. Jcfos kid duo the ftcfc of the pally, Son, be *f 
g.-jod cheer, thy Cms be forgiven thee. 

(r) fjsek xxxvi. 15, 16. Then will I fprr.kle clean water upoti 
you, and ye Iball be clean : from all your filthincfs, and from all your 
id ds will Ic'eanft you. A new heart alfo will 1 give you, and a new 
ipirit will I put within yon, and 1 *ill take a.v.<y the Itony bcait 
tut of your fteih, and I v\ ill give you an heart of fiefh. v. 3 1 . Then 
D>.»11 ye remember your own evil ways, and your doings that were 
»nt good, and ihall Icthe yonrfcives in your oai» light, for your iwi- 
pities, and for your abominations. Chap.xvi. 63. That thou mayfk 
remember and be confounded, and never open thy mouth any 
more becaufc of thy lhame, when 1 am pacified toward thee for ail 
' ou haft done,, faith the Lord God. 

(•?) Rom. ii 4. Oi dtfpifcti thou the riches ofbti goodneft. and 

fnrtxarancc, and long Cutter log ; not knowing that the gondnefs of 

Cod lcaiclh thee to repeutanr.c ? Ch, ? vi i, x. What lhaH we 

As fey 



*54 GOSPEL SONNETS. 

Humil'ty makes my pride to grow, 
And pride aTpiring lays me low (£). 
My /landing does my fall procure (c), 
My falling makes me Hand more fure (</)■:- 
My poifon does my phyfic prove (e), 4 
My enmity provokes my love (f). 

ny il.c t; Sjoil we continue in On, that ^r cc may abound* Gel 
rorbid : no \v Sbail we that are dead to iin, live any longer therein * 
v. 15 X\ hat theni (hall we Hn. bec^ufewe are not under the law, 
but under grace: G ;d fnbid. Chap. viii. 18 And we know that 
all things work together for good to tht'91 that love God, to 
them v. ho are the called according to his purpoie.. Phil, \. i». Hut 
i would yc mould undcrland, brethren, that the things which hap- 
pened tmto me, have fall u out rather unto the fuit.. trance of the 
gofpsi. Pfal. txix. 71. It is good for rue that I have been afilickd 
that i might learn thy ftatut<i. 

(h) % i or. xii. 7. And left 1 f.iould be exalted above m?afure 
throti; h tlie abundance of the revelations, there *vas given to me* 
thorn in the ricin, the mtfTenger of Satan to buffi t me, left I nVuld 
be exalted ab^ve meafure. Proi \ xxix. ij. A ma A pride ihaK bring 
i<i»n lew : but honour (hail uphold the humble in fpirit. * Chron. xxxif. 
+ 6. !k/ kiah humbled htmftlf for the pride of his heart, (botr. he 
and ihc. inhabitants of Jerufilein), Co that the wrath of* the Lord 
lao-Ve »;ot upon them in the days of Ekzcfciah. 

(4) P/ul. xxx. 6", 7. And in my proiperity I Hiid, I (h all never 
he moved. Lord, by thy favour thou haft made my mountain to 
iJand Itrong; thou didft hide thy face, nnd I wa» troubled. 
- ■(«/) Prcv. xx'v. 16. For a juft man fa.leth feveiv times, and rifttth 
up again, pfal. xxxvii. 14. Though he fall, he (hall not be utterly 
caft down ; for the Lord upholdeth him with his band. 

(t) i Cor. xii. 7, 8. And left I nVnid be exalted abeve meafure 
through riie abundance of the revelarioj.s, there was given to me a 
iboi n in the Belb, the mc&nger of Satan to bufFct me, left I tfmuld 
be edited, above meafure. For thU thing I befougb* the Lord 
thiice, that it might depart fr< m me. Ifu. xxv/i 8 9. In mcafuie 
when it fhooteib forth; thouuttt debate with it; he ftayeth his 
rough wind in the day of the taft wind. By this therefore foal! the 
iniquity of Jecob be pureed, and this is all the fruit to take away 
his (in. 

(f) Gal v. 17. The fkfli lufteth ? gain ft the Spirit, and the Spirit 
a^aii.ft the fleih. v. 14. And they th«t ire Chilli'?, have crudilufc 
the flvib, with the ifL&ioui a^d luftfc 



i HI. The Believers Riddle. tg$ 

r.Iy poverty infers my wealth (g), 
My ficknefs ifUies in my health (A) : 
My hardnefs tends to make me (oft (/), 
And killing things do cure me oft (*). 
While high attainments caft me down, 
My deep abafements raife me foon (/) : 
My belt things oft have evil brood (rn) y 
My won't things work my greatest good O). 

(*) Ra>. ii 9. I know thv ppverry, but iV.ou art ri li. a C&K 
*i. lo.-its having nothing, and yet poff.ffing oil things, 

(/;) Mailh. ix 11. They that be whole need not a phyfician, b;i£ 
they that are fick. Jfv. Ivii. 17, 18 For the iniquity of his covev 
toulnefs was 1 wroth, and fmote him : I hid me, and was wroth, 
and he w>nt on frowardiy in the way of his heart, lhave fecn hi* 
ways, and will heal him ; I witl lead him aifo, and reftorc comforts 
junto him ar.d to h's mourners. 

(i) Jfi.WvA. 17. O Lord, why haft thou made us to err from t'-y 
way *f an J harden.'} our heart from thy fear? RuttUO for thy fcr- 
▼a ts lake, the tribes of thine inheritance. 

{k) a Cor. 1. 9 But we had the fentenceof death in ourfl-lves, that 
we liquid nut full in omfeives, but in God which, rahcih the dead, 
Hpf. v.:e. J ajU g-> and return to my place, till they acknowledge 
their off nee, and leek my Gee : in their afHiftiotf they will feck me 
early. Oi. vi. 1 . Come anc let us return unto the L,ord: for he h?lh 
torn, and lie will heal ns; he hath fmuten, and he will bind us up. 

(■'} 1 I\l, v 5, 6 Be fjrj.-ci one to another, a.nd he clothed with 
hnmuity : for God refifteth the proud, and giveth grace to the hum- 
ble. HumtL- youif . ives therefore under the mighty hand of God A 
that he may exalt you in due ti.T,c. PpL cxvi. 6. J w*s brought 
low, and he helped me. 

(*) P/al. xxx 6\ 7 And - in my prosperity I iaid, T fliall never 
be moved. Lord, by thy favour thou haft mede my mouutcin fa 
fond ftrong; thou didft hide thy face and I was t.oubl-d. Dent* 
xxxik I4.T5. Butter of kins, and milk of mc-p, with fat of lambs* 
and rams of the breed of Baiban, and goats, with the fat of kid- 
neys or wheat, and thou dtdfi di.ink the pure blood of the grape. 
Jv.it ^-"buron waxfcd fat, and kicked ; thou art warn fat, tb .u art 
t« >)wn thick, thou art rover, d with fatnefs: then hetUf ok God 
which made him, and lightly eft earned the EUck of Ms f.lvation,. 
nri 7- Our fathers underftood rot thy wonders in Egypt* they 
ri Rtm$ red not the multitude of thy mercies, but provoluul liita. 
II (fee Ca, wee sjl the Red lea. 



HP GOSPEL SONNET'S, 

My reward foes, that me alarm, 

Breed me much hurt, yet little harm (?). 

1 get no good by them f , yet fee 

To my chief good they caufe me flee (/>). 

They reach to me a deadly flr^keG/). 
Vet fend me to a living rock (r). 
They m?ke me long for Canaan s Banks ($), 
; Yet fure I owe them little thank?. 

(n) Vf-ilm xxx. n. Thou baft turned forme my mourning \r.f 
farcing : thou baft put off my Pckcloth, and girded me with glad- 
riefs Rom. viii. iS &?<? fe#er ('*)■, 

(•) .7^ r x 10- Wo *'S me for my hurt, my wou^d U §r\< vons : 
bat I faid. Truly this 's a grief, and I mud b.arit. i Pm. hi. i$. 
And who is he that will harm you, if ye be followers of that whick 
is good ? 

f ia thovftives, bt>t much evil, i Pet, ii. n Dearly beloved, I 
Sefech you as ftr&ngrrs and pilgrims, abCL-d from fje&Iy Jufls, 
which w s ur againft the ftol. James i. 14, 15. Kut every man is 
rempt d «ben he i* drawn away by bis own Kilt, and miicea. Thin 
*he*j fu!* bath conceived, it biingeth forth fin J and fin wiien it 
ts'fininVd bring- tb forth death. 

in) Pjaim. cxliri p. Deliver me, O Lord, from mine enemies; I 
•e, un'o tht c to hide me. 

(q) Pvn. viii. 13. M ye live after the ficfti, y< frail die. 

(/) Pfd xviri 46 47. The Lord Ifvelh, and bkft d be my rock ; 
a*d Jet the God pf my faction re e-xalttd. It is God that. aven- 
ge tr me, and fubdueth the people under me 

M; P/7. Iv <S And I fnd. O that ! had wings like 2 dove! f< r 
then \v u.'d i fly av. ay, and be at reft. & exx, 5. \v o is me, thai 
jf fojourn in Me&cfe, that I dw<J] in the tents ot.Kedar. Rom. viii. 
2.0, xi, i\, 13. For the creature was made lib) t~t to vanity, not 
willingly, but by reafon of him who bath liibjecleo the lame in hef>c; 
fcecauie tie creature itirlf alio (hall be delivered from the bondage 
oi coniftion, into the glorious liberty of the children of God. fof 
w( know that the whole creation groaneth, 2nd travaileth in pain 
togtl\ er 01 til now ; and not only they but curlclves alio, which 
have the nVO-fruits of the Spirit, even we ouvfelves groan within 
©i rf-Ivts ; waiting for tfct adoption, tc wit, the le'demr-itou «f our 
»onv, 

(0 Frt. 



Part IIT. The Believer's TZiJdfc. !$f 

i travel (f). ycr (land firm and fart («)$ 
] run (?')• nut ycr I make no h2f!e(i^). 
] nke away both old and new (.x), 
Within my fight (;/)> yet out of view (2). 
JJy way directs me in the way (a), 
And will not fuffer rae:o firay *£) : 
Though high and cut of fight ir he, 
I'm in the way, the way's in me (c). 

(t\ Heb. xi. 13. and confcfled that they were (hangers and 

pilgrims on the earth. 

(a) 1 Cor. xvi. 13. Wateh ye, ftand fad in the faith, quit you 
like men men, be ftrong. 

(i;) Heb. xii. 1. Letusiun with patience the race that is fet before us. 

(w) If. xxviii. 16. He that believeth, Hi a 1 1 nut make hafte. 

(a) Jer. vi. 16". Thus frith the Lord, Stand ye in the ways, and 
fee, and afk for the old paths, wherein is the go >d way, and walk 
therein, and ye fha'l find reft for your (buls. ticb x. 19, xo. Ha- 
ving therefore, brethren, boldnefs to enter into the holieft by the 
blood of Jefus, by a new and living way uhich he hath confederated 
for us, through the vail, that is to fay, his n\fh. 

(j) 1 Cor. xiii it. For now wc fee through a glafs darkly; but 
then face to face : now 1 know in part j but then fhail I know even, 
as alfo I am known. 

(2) John xvi. 10. I go to my Father, and ye fee me no more. 

(a) J:hn xiv 6. Jefus faith unto him, 1 am the way ; 00 man 
Cometh unto the father, but by me. 

(b) If. xh'u 16. And 1 will bring the Wind by a way that they 
knew not, I will lead them in paths that they have not known : I 
will make darknefs light befoie them, and crooked things (traight. 
Theft things will I do unto them, and not forfake them. Ch lv 4* 
Behold, I have given him for a leader and commander to the people. 

(e) If. xxxv 8. And an high- way fltall be there, and a way, and 
it (hall be called the way of holinefs : the unclean Oiall not pafs o- 
ver it, but it (hall be for thole : the wayfaring men, though fools, 
Jhall not err therein. John xv. 4. Abide in me, and 1 in you. 
Chap, xvii 23. I in them, and thou in me, that they may be 
ftricCl in one, aad that the world may know that thou haft £nt 
jne, and haft loved thcro, as thou haft loved me, 1/. a*. And I have 
declared onto them thy name, and will declare it : that the love 
uhcrewkh thov haft loved me, may kin them, and I in tl cm. 

(rf) Matik 



158 GOSPEL SO N N E T S. 

'Tis firaight (<A yet full of heighrsand depths (^); 
1 keep the way (f) } the way me keeps (g). 
Auc! being that to which I tend, 
My very way's my journey's end (/>)•, 

"When Tm in company ( grone, 
Becaufe I then am moil aione (/) ; 
Yet, in my cloftft fecrecy, 
I'm joyful in my company (.(). 

{a) M. lib. iii. 3. Ti is is he that uas fpoker, of by tl-c prophet 
Efuias faying The voice of one crying in the wilJetnefs, Prepare 
ye the way of the Lord, make his paths ftraig : it. 

(e) If xl. 3, 4. The v;>ice of him tJ-at crlcthlo the uilJ rneft. 
Prepare ye the way f the Lord, make (taught in the ctfnt a hh'/h- 
way for our Cod. Every valhy (hall be ex Led, and every moun- 
tain and 1 iii (hall be made 1 >w : and the erooked fhsll be made 
fhaight, and the rough p'aces plain. Chap xlii. 16. Sec kt'er (b}* 
Pfalm Ixxvii. 13 "Thy way* O God. is in the iareluary. v. xo. 
Thy way is in the fea, and thy path in the great wateis, and thy 
footfteps are not known- 

(f) Pfal. xxxvii 34. Watt on the Lord ar.d keep his way, autf 
he ihalt exaic thee to inherit the land. 

(?) Pjat. exxi. 3 4. He will not feffer thy foot to be moved J 
).e that keepeth thee will not Gurnber. Behold, he that ketpttk 
lfrael fh dl neither ilombc-r nor fleep. 

. (/;) Hib xii. ax, 13 14 But ye arc come unto mount Son, and 
unto the city of the living-God, the heavenly jetufalem, a;^d to 
an innumerable company of angels, to the general aflembly and 
church of the BruVborn, vihich arc written in heaven, and to God 
the judge of all r and to the fpiiits of juft men made perfect, and ?r> 
Jefus the Mediator of the new covtnai t, and to the blocd of 
fpi inkling, that ipeaketh better things than that of Abel. 1 Thcjf. 
iv. 17. Then we which are alive and remain, (hall be «aught i>p 
together with them in the clouds, to meet the Lord in the air ; and 
fb (ball we be eyer with the L<rd. 

(i) Song i. 7. Tell me, O thou whom my foul toveth, where 
thou feed tit, where thou makefl thy pock to red at noon: For why 
ihould I be asane that turncthafiJe by the flocks of thy conapanr ns.* 

.(J?) Seng vii. 11, ix. Come, my beloved, let us go forth into the 
field: let us lodge in the villages. Let us get up early to the vine- 
yards, let us fee if the vine fiourifh, whether ihe tender grape ap- 
pear, ac«l the £ oracnra&atc:, feud Fo; lh: GhetC willl give, thee my toves. 



Part III. 7'ht Btlltvn *s HMe\ 15* 

I'm heard afar (/), without a ncife ; 
I cry without ;r lifted voice (#»): 
Still moving in devotion's fphtre («), 
Yec feldom ileady perfevere (<?). 

I'm heard when anfwer'd foon or late (p), 
And heard when I no anfwer get (?) ; 
Yea, kincly anfwer'd when refus'd (r), 
And friendly treat when harthly us'd (/).- 

(J) Pfal xy.6. Now know I, that the Lord ftveth his anointed i 
II wll hear him from his holy heaven, with the laving ftrcngih of 
hit nght hand. 

(to) 1 Sam, \. 13, 14, 15. No.v Hannah, (he fpake in her heart, 
only her lips moved, b .t her v >ice was not heard: therefore Eli 
thought Qie hsd been drunken. And Eli faid unto her, How long 
wilt thou be drunken ? put away thy wine from thee. And Han- 
nah anf.vcred and Paid, No f my Lord, I am a woman of afbrroufui 
fpiril; I have drunk neither, wine nor ftrong drink, but have pour* 
cd out my foul bc'forc the L<>rd. 

In) 1 Thejf, v. 17. Pray without ceafing. 

(0) HoJ. vi. 4. O Ephraim, what (hall I do unto thee? O Judah^ 
what fliall I do unto thee? for your goodnefs is as a morning cloud, 
and as the early dew it goeth away. 

(/>) If. xlix. 8. Thus faith the Lord, Iu an acceptable time have 
I herd thee, and in a day of falvation have I helped thee. 

(q) Malth. xxvi. 39. Andjelus went a little further, and fell on 
his face, and prayed, faying. O my Father, if it be poffi »le, let this 
cup pafs from me : nevertheleft, not as I will, but as thou wilt. 

(r) Pfalm xxii. I, a, 3, My God, my God, why hafl thou forfa- 
k*o me? why art thou Co far from helping me, and from the words 
of my roaring? O my God, I cry in the day-tims, but thou heareil 
■ot : and in the night frafon, and am not filent. But thou art holy, 
O thou that inhabited the praiics of lirael. 

(f) tieb. xii. ?, 6, 7, 8, 9, xo And ye hare forgotten the ex- 
hortation which fpeakcth unto you as unto children, My fun, defpiA 
not thou the chaftenibg of the Lord, nor faint when thou art rt- 
buked of him. For whom the Lord lovclh, he chaftenetb, and 
fcourgeth every fan whom he receiveth. If y« endure chaftening, 
God dcaleth w.th you as with (bus : for what fbn is he whom the 
father chafteneth not ? But if ye i>e without chaftifement, whereof 
all $i< jarukcis, thca arc y c baftards and not foflS, Jitlbcrmorr, 

we 

4 



*6o GOSPEL SONNETS/ 

My fervent pray'rs ne'er did prevail 0), 
Nor e'er of prevalency fail(f), 
I wreftle till my flrength be fpent (a), + 

Yet yield when flrong recruits are fent (v). 

I laBguifh fcr my Husband's charms (it/), 
Yet faint away when in his arms (x). 

w« have had fathers of our ficfh, which corrt&cJ us, a^d we g a ve 
them reverence : (bail we not much rather be in lo 1 jtclion unto the 
Father of fpirits and live ? For they verily for a few days chaflen- 
ed us after their own pleafure ; but he for our profit, that we aught 
be partakers of his holinefs. 

(5) Dan. ix 18, 19. Q my God, incline thine ear, and hear; 
open thine eyes, and behold cur deflations, and the city which is 
called by thy name: for we do not preterit our fupphVationsbcfoie 
thec for our righteoufne lies, but for thy great mercies. O Lord* 
hear, O Lord, forgive, O Lord, hearken and do, defer «ot, f >r 
thine own fake, O my God : for thy city and thy people arc call- 
ed by thy name. 

(t) James v. 16. The effectual fervent prayer of a righteous man 
ava-iicth much. 

(?') Gc/t. xxxii. 24, ac_. And Jacob was left alone : and t'cre 
wreftled a man with him, until the breaking of the day. And when 
he faw that be prevailed not againft him, he touched the hollow of 
hrs thigh: and the hollow of Jacob's thigh was out of joint as be 
wreftled with him. 

(v) Pjalm exxxviii. 3. In the day when I cried, thou anfweredft 
?ne : and (trengthenedll me with Orength in my foul. Gen. xviii. 
3*» 33- And he faid, Oh let not the Lord be angry, and I will fpeak 
yet bivt this once : peradventure ten (hall be found there. And he 
*aid, I will not deftroy it for tens fake And the Lord went his way* 
as foon as he had left communing with Abraham : ai d Abraham, 
returned unto bis place. 

(w) Pfulm Ixii. a. My fleih h ogeth to fee thy power and thy 
g'ory, fo as J have fecn thee in the (ancillary. & xxvii. 4. One thing. 
bave Idcfircd of the Lord, that will 1 feck after, that I roajr dwell 
iu the houfe cf the Lord all the days of my life, to behold the 
fceauty of the Lord, and to inquire in his temple. 

(x) Fev. i. 17. And when I faw him, 1 fell at his feet as dead : 
and he laid hi* right hand upon me, faying unto me, Fear not ; I am 
W.€ mft and the lait. 



Part III. The Believer's Riddle. i<5i 

My fweeteft heahh does ficknefs prove; 
When love me heals, I'm lick of love (y), 
I am mod merry when I'm fad (z). 
Molt full of forrow when J'm glad GO : 
Mod precious when 1 am mod vile (£), 
And mod at home when in exile (c). 

(y) Snng ij. 4, 5. He brought me to the bmqueting-houfe, and 
his bannci over me was love. Stay me with flagons, comfort me 
with appies; for 1 am fickof love. 

(z) x Cor. vii. 10. For godly forrow workcth repentance to fal- 
vation not to be repented of. bled. vii. 3. Sorrow is barer than 
laughter ; tor by the fadnefs of the countenance the heart is made 
better. 

(a) Prov. xiv. 13 Even in langhter the heart is forrowful j and 
the end of that mirth is heavinefs. 

{b) Job xl. 4. BchoU, I am vile, what (hall I anfwer thee? I will 
lay mine hand upon my mouth. Chap xlii 5, 6. I have heard of 
thee by the hearing of the ear : but now mine eye feeth thee. 
Wherefore I abhor myfelf. and repent in duft and alhcs. Jer. xxxi. 
18, 1 p, 10. I have furely heard Ephrain bemoaning himklf thus, 
Thou haft chaftifed me, and I was chaltifed, as a bullock unaccuA 
tormd to the yoke : turn thou me and 1 fhail be turned ; for thoa 
art the Lord my God. Sunly afrer that I was turned, I repvUtcd; 
and after that I was inftruclcd, I f.note upon my thigh. I was a- 
fhamed, y;a, even confounded becaufe 1 did bear the reproach of 
my youth. Is Kpliralm my dear fbn I is he a pleatant child > for 
fince I ipake agaiuft him, I do earneftly remember him fiill: there- 
£ re my bowels are troubled for him ; I will furely have mercy up- 
on him faith the Lord 

(c) Ezik. i. 1. No.v it came to pafs in the thirtieth yesr, in the 
fourth month, in the fifth day of the month, (as I was among the 
captives by the river of Ch bar), that the heavens wcreoper.td, .mi 
1 law vifions of God. / ev. i 9, 10 1 John, who alio auri your bro- 
ther, and companion in tribulation, ana 1 in tier kingdom and pati- 
ciuc of jelui Chrifr, was in the ilL* that is called P^tmos, for tl<e 
word of God, and tor the ttftiroony of jefus Ciiriit. I w<*s in the 
Split on the Lord's day, and heard bcbii.J me a gJeat voice, as of 
npet, &c.John x\i 31. Behold, the h««ur cometh, yea, is now 
. i..ji ye thai! be Ldtt'rcd, evcty man to his o<n, atid ftnit 
it 5vc me al ,ne : and yet I ara a»>L alone, bccatiic the Father is *ith 
•*c» ( ) Kzcir. 



162 GOSPEL SONNETS. 

J!y bafe and honourable birth 
Excites my mourning and my mirth (ct). 
I'm pcor, yet flock'd with untold rent (e*); 
Moii weak, and yet omnipotent (f). 

On earth there's none fo great and high (g\ 
Nor yet fo low and mean as i (h) : 

(ti) Ezek. xvi. 3, 4. Thus faith the Lord God unto Jcrufai.^m, 
Thy birth and thy nativity is of the land of Canaan, thy fathep 
was an Amorite, and thy mother an Hittire. And as for thy n*ti 
vity in the day thou waft bom, thy navel was not cut, neither wad 
thou waihed i;i water to frppie thee: thou waft not Tilted at all,. 
nor fwaddled at all. John i 13. Which were born, not of blood, nor 
of the will of the flefh, nor of the will of imn, but of God. TfuL 
It. 5. Behold, I was lhapen in iniquity : and in fin did my mother 
conceive me. 1 Pet. i. 3. Bltflcd be the God and Father of our Lord 
Jefus Chtift, which according to his abundant mercy, hath begotten 
us again unto a lively hope, by the refutret'tion of Jefus Chrift fiora 
the dead. 

(<?) Rev. iii. 17, 18. Becaufc thou layft, I am rich, and incrcafei 
with goods, and have need of nothing ; and knoweft not that thou 
art wretched, and miferable, and poor, and blind, and naked, t 
couoiel tbee to buy of me gold tried in the fire, that .thou mayft be 
rich ; and white raiment, that thou mayft be clothed, and thut the 
flume of thy nakednels do not appear ; and anoint thy eyes with 
eye-falve, that thou mayft: fee. Epb. iii. ft. Unto me, who am lefs than 
the kaft of all faints, is this grace given, that I fhould preach a- 
mong the Geotilcs the unfearchable riches of C rift. 

(f) 7°kn xv. 5. Without ov ye can do nothing. Phil iv. 13. I 
can do all things through Chrift winch ftrengtheiuth me- 

(^) Pfulm xvi. 3. B-.'t to the faints that are in the earth, and to 
the excellent in whom is all my delight. If. xhii. 4 Since thou woft 
precious in my fight t, thou hai) been honour jble. and 1 have lovei 
thee: therefore will I give men for thee, aud people for thy life. 

(//) Epb. iii. 8 See Utter (c) 1 Tim i. *.$. II is is a faithful 
faying, and worthy of a'l acceptation, that Chrift Jefus cawae iuta 
the world tu lave litters; of whvua I a*i c-uiu. 

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rART III. The Believer's Riddle. 163 

None or fo fooliih (*'), or fo wife (*) ; 
So often fall, fo often rife (/). 

I feeing him I never faw (tw), 
Serve without fear, and 3 >t with awe (n). 
Though love, when perfect, fear remove (0); 
Yet rnort I fear when mod I love (/>) 

(i) Pfalm. lxxiii. a a. So fooli.1i was I, and ignorant : I was as a 
bcatt before thee. Prov. xxx. 1,3. Surely I am mare brutifh tha» 
any man. and have not the understanding of a man. I neither 
learned wifdom, nor have the knowledge of the holy. 

(k) 1 Cor. i. 30. But of him are ye in Chrift Jefus, who of God is 
irade unto us wifdom, &c. Matth. xi. 15, 16. At that time Jefus 
anfwered and faid, I thank thee O Father, Lord of heaven and earth, 
becaufe thou haft hid thefe things from the wife and prudent, and 
baft revealed them unto babes. Even fo, Father, fur fo it fetmed 
good in thy fight. .Chap. xiii. x 1. Jefus anfwered and faid unto them. 
Becaule it is given unto you to know the myftericsof the kingdom 
©f heaven, but to them it 1s not given. 

(/) Prov. xxiv. 10". A juft man falkth (even times, and rifcth up 
again. 

(w) 1 Vet. i. 8. Whom having not feen, ye love ; in whom tho* 
How ye fee him not, yet believing ye rejoice with joy unfpeakable* 
and full of gloiy. Heb. xi. i. Nq* faith is the fubftance of things 
hoped for, the evidence of things not f*en. 

(«) Luke i. 74. That he would grant unto us, that we being de- 
livcied out of tiie hands of our enemies, might fcrve him without 
Bear. Heb. xii a 8. Wherefore we receiving a kingdom which can- 
not be moved, let us have £race, whereby we may (eive God ac- 
ceptably, with reverenee and godly fear. 

{oy 1 John iv. 18 There is no fear in love; but perfect love caft- 
eth out fear: bec-u(c fear halh torment: he thut fwareth, is not 
nvade perfect in 1 ve. 

(/>} Jer. xxxiii. 9. And it (hull be to me a name of joy, a praiie 
and an btfribur before all the nations of the earth, which (hall hear 
all the g'x>d u-at I do unto them : ard they (hail fear and tremble 
f.ir all the goodnefs, and for all the profperity that 1 procure unto 
«• •/• ii» 5 Afterward* (hail the children of ifrael return, ani 
fe.k the Lord their God. and David their ki. 3, ^rk! &aJi feax the 
L^rd, xn^ his gt-tJaUs ki lit latfCr dijs. 

Afl 



i^4 GOSPEL SONNETS. 

All things are lawful unto rne(^), 

Yet many things unlawful be (r) : 

To fome I perfect hatred bear (f) % 

Yet keep the law of love entire (j). 

I'm bound to love my friends (/), but yet 

I fin unlefs 1 do them hate (a) : 

I am oblrg'd to hate my foes (t/), 

Yet bound to love and pray for thofe (w). 

Heart-love to man I'm calPd t' impart, 

Yet God ftill calls for all my heart (*). 

(q) i Cor t vi i z All things arc lawful unto me, but Al t> ingt are 
not expcunt : all things arc lawful for me, but 1 will not be brougi.t 
under the power of any. 

(r) Exod. xx. x, x, 3. &c. And God fpake all thefe words, fay- 
ing, 1 am the Lord, thy God, which have brought thee out of the 
laud of Egypt, out of the houfe of bondage Tnou (halt have no 
ether gods before me, &c. 

(f) Ppl- exxxix xi, iz. Do not 1 hate them, O Lord, that hare 
thee: and am not I graved with thoic that rife up againft thee? I 
Kate them with perfect hatred ; I count them mine enemies, 

($) x Cbron xix. 1. And Jehu the (on of Hanani the fecr, went 
out to meet rrijri, and did to king jthoihapbat, Shouldlt thou h !p 
the ungoJly, and love them that hate the Lord? therefore is wrath 
wpon thee from before the Lord. 

(/) Lev. xix. 18. Thou fhilt not avenge, nor bear any grudge 
againft the children of thy people, but thou malt love thy neigh- 
bour as thyfelf : I am the Lord. 

(u) Lake xiv. x6. If any man come to me, and hate not his fa- 
ther, and motrur, and wife, aid chill ren, he cannot be my ciilcipie. 

(v) at they are the foes of God, Jurfg. v 31. So let ail thine ene- 
mies periih, O Lord: but let trem that love him, be as the fun 
when he goeth forth in his might. PJalm xvii. 13, 14 Arifr, O 
I^ord difappoint him, cart him down : deliver my fuul from the 
wicked, which is thy f.vord : from men which are thy hand. O 
Lord, from men of the Widd, who have rhcir portion in this life, 
and whole belly thou filled with thy hid tieaiu.e : they arc full of 
chil rrn, and leave the rtit of tht-ir fuhftcmce to their babes. 

(jw) Xlatth v. 44. But I Cy untoyu. Love your enemas, biffs 
them th^z curfe you do god to the n that hate you, and {>'- 17 /iff 
theaa ahicli de.piu fully it& voir, and fferftcutf yoi\ 



P a r t 1 1 [ . The Believer's Riddle. 1 65 

I do him and his fei vice both 

By nature love (y) t by nature lothe (z). 

SECT. V. 

My ft tries about fl:/h and fpirit, liberty and bon- 
dage , life and death. 

Uch like ray heart both falfe and true (a), 
1 have a name both old and new (£). 

(r) M*//& xix. 19. Jefu? faid unto him, Thou (halt 1 -ve thy 
nrig. rouf as t yfclf. Chap, xx i. 57. Thou (halt love the Lord thy 
Cod with a!! thy heart, and wit') all thy foul, and with ill thy mind. 

fv) 1 Job i v. i. By th : s ve knot that \vc 1 >ve tie coiliren of 
G od, *h,n we love God and keep his commandments. 

(z) fo/if. viii. 7. The carnal mind 5 enmity a^ainlt God: for it 
&not fiihj {\ to the la* of God. neither indeed can be. Col. i *i« 
Aud y u that were fomelime alienated, anJ enemies n your mmd 
hy wicked works, yet now hath he revonc led. 

(tf) Jer. xvii $. The heart is deceitful above all things, and de- 
fjKratcly wicked, who can know it? tie 1 , x 11. Let us dra.v near 
with a true heart, in full aflurance of faith, havm» our hearts fprink- 
led from an evit confeifnee, and our bodies warned with pure water. 

(b) Rem. ix. 15, 2 6". As he faiih alio in O/ec, I will call them my 
people, which were not my people; an J her, beloved, which was 
not bi loved. And it thall come to pals, that in the place wheFC it 
was faiJ unto them, Ye are not my people ; there (hall they be 
called, The children of the living God. Rev. ii 17. He that hath 
an ear, let him hear what the Spirit faith unto the churches, T# 
him that overcomcth, will Jgie to eat of the hidden manna, and 
mill give him a white (lone, and in the (tone a new .name written, 
uhich no man knoweth. faving he that receivcth it. Chap. ii;. n, 
Him that overcometh, will 1 make a pillar in the temple of my God, 
and he (hall go no more out : and I will write upon him the name 
of my God, and the name of the city of my God, which ii new 
J rutalem, which comcth down out of heaven froaa »y God : -ai 
a will *»Ut ujp«n him my new name. 



i66 GOSPEL SONNETS. 

No new thing is beneath the fun (?) ; 

Yet all is new, and old things gone (</). 

Though in my flefli cjwells no good thing (t), 

Yet Chrif} in me I joyful fing (f). 

Sin I confefs, and I deny: 

For, though I fin, it is not I (g). 

I fin againft, and with my will (h) ; 

I'm innocent, yet guilty (till (/). 

(c) Ecrl. i p The ti.ing that hath been, it is that w' ich (Ml 
he ; and rhat which is Jane, is that which (hal'l be done; and there 
is no new thing; under tHe flm. 

(d) x Cor v 17. If any man be in Chrift, he is a new creature: 
old things are p it aw?y, ! behold, «1L things are become ne v. Rn\ 
xxl. 5. And he that fat upon the throne, faid, behold, I make -11 
things new, 

(e) Rom. vii. 18. For I know that in me (that is, tn'rriy fkili) 
dwelJeth ro g'-oi thing: for to will is prefent with me, but how to 
perform that which is good I 6nd net. 

(f) Col. i. 27. To whom God would make known what is the 
riches of the glory of this m v frcry among the Gc»tiles ; which w 
Chrjft in you, the hope of glory. 

(g) Kern. viL/14. -~zo For we know that the law is (piritual : 
but lam carnal, frld under fin. For that which I do, I allow not: 
for what I would, that do I not: but what I hate, that do I. If 
ihen J do that which F would not. I confent unto the law, that it 
is good. *Sow then, it is no more I that do it, but fin that d^ellerh 
in me. For I know, that in me (that is, in my fle(h) dwdleth no 
good thing ; for to will is prefect with me, but how to perform 
that which is good 1 find not. For the good that I would, J do not : 
but the evil which I would not, that I do. Now if I do that I would 
not, it is no more I that 60 it„ hut fin, that dwelleth in me. 1 Jeh* 
iii 9. Whomever is born of God, doth not commit fin ; for his feed 
rcmaincth in him : and he cannot fin, becaufe he is born of God. 

(b) Rom, vii. 11. a.5. I find then a law, that when I would 

io good, evil is prefent with me. Fur I delight in the law of God, 
after the inward man. But I fee another law in my members, war- 
ring againft the law of my mind, and bringing me into captivity to 
the law of fin, which is in my* members O wretched man that I 
Kitri, who Iball deliver me from the body of this death ! 1 thank God, 
through Jcfus Chrii> our Lord. So then, with the mind J myfilf 
.ftvic the law of God; but with the flelh thr law of fin. 

(a) Pfal. sk. i|. Keep back thg fervant aifu from prtfinnptBO*? 



Part III. The Believers Riddle. 167 

Though fain I'd be the greateft faint (*), 
To be the leaft I'd be content (/). x 
My lownefs may my height evince (m) f 
I'm both a beggar and a prince ,(»). 
With me3neft fubjefts I appear (o), 
With kings a royal fceptre bear (/>). 

I'm both unfettered and involv'd (f) ; 
By law condemn'd, by law abfolv'd (r). 

fins, let them not have dominion over me : tbeftfhall I he up'-ighf, 
and I (kill be inn cent fr>m the great tranfgrcfli m &cxx% 3 If 
thoa, LorJ, fhonLUt mark iniquities O Lo^, who (ball rtand ? 

fk) Pfihu xxvii. 4. One thing have I defired of tne Lord, that 
will I (rk after, thai I may dwell in the houfe of t;«e Lord all the 
<iays of my life, to behold the beauty of the Loid, and to inquiry 
in his temple 

(/) Pf.ilm 'xxxiv. 10. For a day in thy courts is better than a 
rhotf&bd : I hid rather be a door-keeper in the houfe of my God, 
than to dwell in the tents of wickednefc. v 

('/;) Job. v. 11. To fet upon high thofe that be low; that thufe 
which mourn may be exited to fafcty. 

{<) 1 Sam* ii- 8. The Lord raifcth up the poor out of the duft, 
and hftcth up thr beggir fr -m the dunghil, ro fet them among 
princes, and to make them inherit the throne of glory : for the 
pillars of the earth are the Lord's, and he hath fet the w rlJ upon 
them. Gen. xxxii. 1%. And the angel faid, Thy name (hall be call- 
ed no more Jacob, but Jfrael: for as a prince haft thou power with 
God and with m n, and hall prevailed. Rev. i. 5, 6. Unto him 
that loved us, and warned us from our fins in his own blood, and 
hath made us kings and prirftsunto God and his Father; to him be 
fctory and dominion for ever and <.ver. Amen. 

(0) tbil r.io. Thit at the name of Jefjs every knee ftould bow, 
•f tliii :k»s in heaven, and things in earth, and things under the earth, 
H<b. \ 6 And a^ain, when he brin^eth in the firft-begotten into 
the world, he ftith At>d let all the angels of God worfhip him. 

(/>) Rt$. ii zO" 17. And he that overcometh, and kecpeth my 
works unto the end, to him will I give power over the nations: (and 
be (hall rule them with a rod of iron : as the veff Is of a potter (ball 
the) be broken to ftiivcrs) even as 1 received of my Father. 

(tf) Pfil**eXMi: 1$ Oh Lord, truly I am thy fervant, I am thy 
icrvant, aoJ the fan of thy handmaid : tboa haft toofaJ ar.y bonds. 



i6< GOSPEL SONNETS. 

My guilt condignly puniuVd- fee, 
Yet I the guilty wretch go free(i). 
My gain did by ray lofs begin (/) ; 
My righteouinefscomrnenc'd by fin (a); 
My perfeft peace by bloody ftrife (z/): 
Life is my death, and death my life (ur). 
I'm (in this prefent life I know) 
A captive and a fiteman too (jc) ; 

Rom vii a. 3 But 1 fix another Uw hi my members, warring ajg&inifr 
the U,i of my mind, »n<l bringing me into captivity to tii« lay of 
fir, which is io.rny mi mbers. 

(r) i 7^ w M** :o. For if our heart condemn us, God is greater 
than our heart, and knowcth all things., Rom. viii. i. There is 
therefore now no condemnation to them which are in Chrift J< ins, 
v ho walk not after the ffcih, but after the spirit, v. 33, 34 Who 
Uihll lay any thing to the charge of God's eletl ? It's God that 
jWufieth : who is he that cc-ndt-mneth , ; It is Chrift that died, y.a 
aether, that \% rifen again, who is even at the right hand of God, 
uho alio maketh interceiTion for us. 

(5) Gal Hi. 13. Chrilt hath redeemed ns from the curfe of the 
Jjrv, being made a curfe for us : for it is written, Curled is every 
One ihat bangeth on a tret. 

(t) Rom \iu X3X4. For all have finn d. and come fhort of the 
glory of God ; bring jnflihed freely by his grace, through the r«- 
i.mption that is in Jcfus Chrift 

(u)'Rotn. iii 5. But if our righteoufnefs commend the righte- 
•ufnefs of God, what (hall we fay ? Chap, v zo,ii, But where fin 
abounded, gr^ce did much moie abound : that as tin hath reigned 
unto d- ath, even fo might grace reign through rightcouinefs, unto 
eternal life, by Jcfus Chriff our L' rd. 

(t;) Col. \. ao. And (having ma !e peace through the blood of his 
crofs) by him to reconcile all tilings unto himfrlf, by him, I i^y» 
whether they be things in earth, or things in heavm. 

(w) The life of Ji * is our death, 1 Tim. v. 6, But (he that liveth in 
pteafure, is dead while ihe liveth. The death of Cbrift our life. % Or. 
v. 14, is- for the love of Chrift conirraineth us, btcuule we thu« 
judge, that if one died for all, then were all dead: and that be died 
ibr a'J, that they which live, (bould not henceforth live unto them- 
tslves. but unto htm which died for them, and role again. 

{x) H*tn. vii, a j. See letter (4). Chap viii. a. For the law of 
the Spirit of life, m Ciuili Jdls, hath aaac bis fru from tU Is* #f 



Part HO The Believer's Kiddle. 169 

And though my death can't fel me free, 
It will pci&tt my liberty O0- 
J ^m not worth oi)t dufty grain, 
Yet moie than worlds of golden gain j 
Though worthltfs I tnyklf indite, 
Yet {hall as worthy walk in white (2). 

SECT VI. 

The my fiery of free ju/iification thr6ugh Christ'j 
obedience and fatisfcUUon. 

NO creature ever could or will 
For fin yield fatisfaftion full (#) ; 
Yet juftice from the creature's hand 
Both fought and got its full demand (£). 

(y) 'John viii 36. If the Son ther^fi>re (hill make you free, ye 
ihili be tree ; iidecd. Rev. xiv. 13 And I heard a voice from hea- 
ven, laying "unto me, Write Biclied are the dead which die in the 
"Lord, from henceforth : Y< a, faith the.- Spirit, that they may reft 
from their labours; and their works do follow them x Cor. v. 4. 
For we that art in this tabe.rn3.lt* do-'grooe, being burdened Rot for 
that we wjuld be iwclotned but clotrud upon, that mortality might 
be fuailo^ed up of life. 

(z) Gen- xxxii 10. 1 am not worthy of the leaft of all the mer- 
cies, and of all the trot'", which thou halt (hewed ur to thy fcrvant; 
for uith rny ilaif J paflcd over this Jordan, and now I am b come 
two bands. Rev. iii. 4. Thou halt a few rtarties even in Sardis, 
which have not defiled their garments; and they ihall walk witfe 
me in white : f >r they are worthy. 

(a) Pfol. xlix 8. For the redemption of their (bul is precious 
and it ce'aleth for ever. If. xl. 16. And Lebanon is not fufficiept 
to burn, nor the bealls thereof fi.ffi iuu fur a bunu-orfeiing. 

(b) Pfol xl. 6. Sacrifice and ottering thou didft not cnlj.e, mine 
ears halt thou opened : burnt- tfering and fiu-ofLring halt thou not 
requited, tieb. x. 5, 6*. 7. Wherefore when he cometh into tin; 
w rll, he faitfi Sacrifice and offering thou woiildft not. but a body 

.halt thou prepared nx . io.l-ii.it-oflerin^ and facfibces for hit thfAl 
1 tall 



i*o GOSPEL SONNETS. 

Hence though I 3m, as well I know, 
A debtor (r), yet I nothing owe (</). 
My creditor h?% nought to fay (<?), 
Yet never had I aught to pay (f). 

He freely pard^n'd evVy mite (#), 
Yet would no fingle farthing quit (£). 
Hence ev'ry blifs that falls to me 
Is dearly brought, yet wholly free (/). 

haft had no pleafure : then faid I, Lo, I come (in the volume of 
the b >ok it is written of me) to do thy will O God. Eph. v. a. 
Cbrlft hath loved us, and hath given himfelf for us, an offering and 
a facrifice to God for a f*eet-fmelling favour. 

(c) Matth. vi. n. And forgive us our debts, as we forgive our 
debtors. 

(^/) Rom. m. Z4, x$. Being juftified freely by his grace through 
the redemption that is in Jtfus Chiift : whom God hath fet forth 
to be a propitiation, through faith in his blood, to declare his righ- 
teoufnefs for the renviTion of fins that are part, through the for- 
i-rar nee of God. Heb. x. 14. For by one offering he hath perfect- 
ed for ever them that are f ■ notified. 

(e) Rom. viii. 33, 34. \V 7 ho fhall lay any thing to the charge of 
God's elect? It is God that jnftificth : who ishe that condemneth ? 
tt is Chritt that died, yea rather, that is rifen again, who is even 
at the right hand of God, whoaifo maketh interceffion for us. 

(f) Rom. v. 6. For when we wtre yet without ftrength, in due 
time Chrift died for the ungodly. 7;. 8. Bur God commendeth 
his love towards us, in that while we were yet finners, Chriit died 
tor us. 

Qr) /tfrjxm. 38, 39 Be it known unto you therefore, men and 
brethren, that through this man is preached unto you the forgive- 
nefs of fins : and by him all that believe are juftified from all things 
from which ye couLi not be juftiticd by the law of Mofcs. 

(h) Rom iii. *4, zc. See later (d). Chap.'viii. 3Z. lie fpared 
cot his own Son, but delivered him up for us all. 

(i) 1 Pet i. 18. 19. Forafmuchas ye know that ye were not re- 
deemed with corruptible things, as filver and gold, from your vain 
converfatton received by tiadirion from your fathers » but with the 
precious blood of Chrift, as of a Lamb without blemifh and without 
foot. Eph. i. 7. In whom we have redempti 11 through his blood, th« 

for- 



Part III. The Believer's Riddle. 1 7 r 

All pardon that I need I have, 
Yet daily pardon need to crave OfV 
The law's arreft keeps me in awe (/), 
But yet 'gainft me there is no law (w). 
Though truth my juil damnation crave (>; N , 
Yet truth's engag'd my foul to fare (o). 
My whole falvation corrrs by ihis, 
Fair truth and mercy's mutual kifs (p). 
Law breakers ne'er if s curfe havemifs'd ; 
But I ne'er kept it, yet am blefs'd (<?). 

fcrgivenefs of dps, according to the r'ches of his grace. 2 Tin i. 
9. Who hath faved us, and called us with an holy calling, not ac- 
cording to our works, but according r > his own purpofe and grace 
which wds given us in Chrift Jefus, before the world began. 

(k) Pfil. ciii 3. Who ■ fnrgiveth all thine iniquities: who healeth 
all thy difeafes & xxv. if. For thy name's fake, O Lord, par- 
don mine iniquity : for it is gr.at. Luke xi. 4, And forgive us our 
fins ; fur we a lb forgive every one that is indebted to us. Dan: 
ix 19 O Lord, ru-ar, O Lord forgive, O Lord, hearken and do, 
defer nor, ft r thine own fake. O my God : for thy city, and thy 
people are caHtd by thy name. 

(/) Pfal cx*x. 110. My fl lh trembleth for fear of tbee, and I 
am afraid of thy judgments. Rom. vii. 9. I was alive without the 
law once : but \vm n the commandment came, fin revived, and I 
died. 7;. 13. Was then that which is good, made death unto me ? 
God forbid. But fin that it mi^ht app. ar fin, working death in 
mc by that which is eood ; that iin by the commandment might 
become exceeding fi ifu!. 

(w) Gal. v. 13. The fruit of the Spirit is meeknefs, tempe- 
rance : againft fach there is no law. 1 Tim. i. 9. Knowing this, 
that the law is not made for a righteous man, but for the lawleis 
and difobediejit, fri: 

(u) Ezck. xv'iii. 4. The foul that finneth it (ball die. 

(0) 1 Jim. i. 15. This is a Faithful faying, and worthy of all ac 
reptation, that Chi ill Jefus came into the world to fave tinners ; 
of whom I am chief. 

(/>) Pfiil. Ixxxv. 10, Mercy and truth are met together: righte- 
oufnefs and peace have killed ea h other. 

($) Gal. in. 10 As many as are of the works of the law, are un- 
1 a der 



!72 GOSPEL SONNETS. 

I can's be juftify'd by it(r), 
And yet ir csn't but rne acquir (j). 
I'm not oblig'd to keep it more 0), 
Yet more oblig'd than e'er before (/). 

cler trie cw fc : for it is \* rift n, Ct:rkd is every one. that eontinuctli 
net in all things which are written in tie book of tie law to do 
them. v. 13. 1.4. Chrifi hath redeemed us fiom the curie of the 
h v, being made a curfe for usr: for it is written, Curled is ever^ 
one that hangctb on a tree : that the bhfling of Abraham might 
eome on the Gentiles through Jtfus Chrift ; that wc might receive 
the promife of the Spirit through faith. 

(r) Rom. iii. xo. Therefore by the e'eeds of the law, there (hall 
no flefh be juftified in his fight : for by the law is the knowledge of 
fin. Gal. ii. i6\ Knowing that a man is not juftified by the works 
»f the law, but by the faith of Jefns Chrift, even we have believed 
in Jefjs Chrift; that we might be juftified by the faith of Chrift, 
and not by the works of the law : for by the works of the lav. (hall 
no fle(h be juftified. Chap iii n. But that no man is juftified by 
the law in the fight of God, it is evident : for, The juft flull live 
by faith. 

(() Rom. V11L 1. There is therefore now no condemnation to 
them which are in Chrift J- fus, v. 3, 4. For what the law could 
not do, iii that it was wraK through the flelh, God fending his own 
Son, in the likenefs of finful flefh, and for fin condemned fin in the 
fl -ill : that the righteoufneft of the law might be fulfilled in us, who 
walk not after the fl-fh, bm after the Spirit, 2 Lor. v it. For 
lie hath made him to be fin for us, who knew no fin ; that we 
might be made the rigWeoufrefs of God in him. Ro>h. iii x6. To 
declare, I fay, at this time his righteoufnefs : that he might be jnft 
"and the jufiifier of him wider* beiieveth in Jefus. 

(jf) Bom. vi. 14. Sin thai I not have dominion over you : for ye 
are not under the law, but undrr gr^ce. Gal. v. 1, 2, 3 4. Stand 
fall therefore in the liberty wherewith Chrift hath made us free, 
and be not entangled again with the yoke of bondage Behold I 
Paul fay unto you, that if ye be circumcifed, Chiift (hall profit vo» 
nothing. For 1 teftify ag in to ever> man that is cirenmcif d. that 
he ira debtor to do the whole law. Chrift is become oi' no cfT-c"l 
unto yon, whofoever of you are juftified by the law; ye are fallen 
from grace. 

(r) Rom. vi. t, x What /hall we fay then > S' all we continue 
in fin, that grace m3y abounJ f God £>rbid : how u^all we that are 

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Part IIIi Tie Believer's Riddle. 173 

By perref 1 <J«ing life 1 fend (*>> 

Yd ^ tiid /jVtf no moi* cu biad (r). 

Thcfe terms no change can undergo, 
Yet fweetly chftfcg'd th<y are (w) , for lo, 

My Jc;/^ caused my life {x)\ but now 
My iijt's the cauic that makes me do (j). 

dead to fin, live any losget therein? v, 15- What then? ihall we 
-caui'e we are not under the law, out cmuer &f*ce. J liovJ ie>r- 
bid. • 

&**». v. i ■» iB, 19. They which receive abundance of grace 
and or* tnc gift or righicouinets, iiuA rctgh tn hf« by ovc, Jefns 
Cirift. — By the rignuouin is, or onc^ the free gilt f-.rae upon til 

men u»to jintiric-tion ot tile. by t;;c obyeifeace cr one ika-il mar 

ny be maue righteous. 

(a*j jorn. x. 5,<5, 7, 9, 9' For Mofes dcflribeth the rightcGufncis 
wlncn is uf the ii w, That the man which doth thofe things, ujjII 
live by them. But the righteouihels which is of faitn fpeatceth on 
this veiie, Say not in thine heart, Who (hall afcend into heaven ? 
(that is, to bring Chriit do*n from above); Or, Who (hall defcend 
into the deep i (that is, to bring up Chi at again from the dead) : 
But what faith ii ? The word is ni 6 h thee, even in thy mouth, and 
in thy heart : that is the word of faith which we pieach. That if 
thou iliait cbofyfi with thy month the Lord Jelui, and (halt be- 
lieve in mine heart, that Goo hath railed him from tne dead, thoa 
hidli be faved. 

(w) Stem. iii. jr. Do we then make void the law through faith f 
God lotLiJ: yea, we eUsbUih the law. 
(x) Rom. x 5 See Letter (v). 

(y) jQbn aiv. 19. Ikccuic i live, ye (hall live a!f>. Chsp. xv. 
5. J am the vine, ye are ti.e branches; He that ab:deth in me, 
and I in him, tne tame bringe.th toith much fruit : for without me 
ye c*ii do nothing, lion. vii. 4. vVi ercfore, ay brethren, ve 
alfi are become ucaj tu the law by the body or Civriti ; thai ye 
mould be Qiurricu to another, even to him wiio is raif .J irom the 
raic bring foith fruit unto Goi. tzcK. xxxvi. X7. 
A*hJ i will put my Spirit vuthin you, and eauie you to vjifc iu my 
IU ccp my judgment?, and Jo them. 

I 3 Though 



i?4 GOSPEL SONNETS. 

Though ivor k$ of right ecujhefs I (lore (z), 
Yet right toufnefs of works abhor {a) ; 
For rig-hteoiiihefs without a flaw 
Is right eoufnefs without the law (£). 
In duty's way I'm bound to I ; c (<:), * 
Yet out of duties bound to fly (d) : 
Hence metit 1 renounce whh (hame(<?), 
Yet right to life by merit claim (f). 

(z) Pttl'p. i it. Being filled wirh the fruits of tighteoufnefs, 
which are by JVfus Chrift unto cite gl ry and praife of Go:. 

(rfj Philip, til. 9- And to be found in him, not having mine own 
righteoufhefs, which is of the law, but that which is through the 
faith of Chilli, the righteoufnefs which is of God by faith, lj. lxiv. 
6. AH our righteoufneflcs are as filthy rags. Ro?n, iv 6. Even as 
David a'.fo defcribeth the blciTedncfs of the man unto whom God 
imputcth righteoufnefs wit-out works. 

(b) Row. iii 20, 21, 2%. Therefore, by the deeds of the law there 
jhall no rlfcfh be juftified in his fight; for by the law is thekuow- 
)ed ; e of fin. But now the righttouhufs of God without the law 
is manifefted, being witntiled by the law and the prophets; even 
the righteoufnefs of God which is by faith of Jefus Chriit unto all, 
and upon all them that believe ; fur there is no difference. 

(c) Prov. v iii. 34. Blefled is the men that hesfeth me, watching 
dai'v at rny gates, waiting at the pods of my doers. 

(/*) If lvii. ix. I will declare thy lightcouTricfa and thy works, 
for they Hull not profit thee. Luke, xvii 10. When ye lhall have 
done 311 thofe things which are commanded you, Say, We are un- 
profitable frvants: we have done that which v. as our duty to do, 

(e) Pjai xvi. *• O my ibul thou haft faid un f o the Lord, Thou 
art my L<>rd : my goodnels extendeth not to thee. F.ztk. xxxvi. 
->i. Not for your fakes do f this, filth the Lord God, be it known 
unto yoa : be athamed and confc unded for your own ways, O houfe 
of Ifiael. 

CJJ ^ om ' v l8, ' 9 R ^ f ^ e righteoufnefs of one, the free gift 
ca:r,c opofl all men unto ju iific.ni- n of life.- - By the o?>cdicnce of 
one fhall many be made righteous. // xlv 24, a 5. Surely, (hall 
one fay. In the Lord have J righteoufnefs and ftrength : even to 
him (hall men come and all that arc inccnf d sgairifl him (hall be 
athamed. In the Luiy ihajl all the f*td o( Jirau be juft fitd, and 

iiuii glory. 

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Tart III. The Bduver's Kiddle. 175 

Merit oi perfefi righteoufnefe 

I never had Q), yet never rnifs(A) ; 

On this condition I have all (;), 
Yet ail is unconditional (*)• 
Thpugjh Freed mercy I implore (/), 
Yet lam late on juitiee' fcore (w)> 

( ? V Rom. \W. 9, 10. What then ? are we better than they? No 
in no wiic: f«>r we h ;ve before proved both jews and Gentiles, 
that they a»e all ndcr da ; as it is written, There is Done righte- 
ous, no not owe. V. ly. Now wc know, that what things (bevcr 
th . law faith, it faith to them who are under the law : that every 
niouih may be Uopped, ar.d all the world may become guilty be- 
fore Go J. 

(M i Cor. i. 30. But of him are ye in Chrilt Jefus, who cf God 
is made unto us - rightcoailufs. If. xW. 14. ore letter { f). r Jer\ 
X\»ii. 6. In his days Judah ihull be laved, and Ifrael Ihali dwell 
fakly : and this is his name wueieby he ihail be ceiled, THE 
LORD OUR RIGHTEOUSNESS. 

(i) If. xlii. xi. The Lord is' well phafed for his righteoufnefs 
fake, he will magnify the law, and make it honourable. Matth. 
iii. 15. Thus it become th us to fulfil all righteoufnefs. v, 17. An<J 
lo, a voice from heaven, Hying, This is my beloved Son, in whom 
1 am well pleafed. 

(k) If. lv. i. Ho, every one that thirtieth, come ye to the wa- 
ters, and he that hath no money; come ye, buy and eat, yea, come, 
buy wine and milk without money and without price- Rev. xxii. 
17. Whofoever will, let him take the water of life freely. 

(/) Pful. li. i. Have mercy upon me, O God, according to thy 
loving kindiuf*: according unto the multitude of thy tender mer- 
cies biot out my tranfgrclhons. 

(m) Row. m. 14, 15, ^6. Being juftified freely by his grace, 
through the redemption that is in Jelus Cnrift : whom God hath 
fet forth to be a propitiation, through faith in his blood, to declare 
h s lighteoufnels tor the remiiTion of fins that ate part, through the 
forbearance of God ; to declare, I fay, at this thne his righteoufnef.: 
that he might be juit, and the juttifier of him which bclieveth 
in Jefus. 1 "John i. 9. If we confeis our Ims, he is fakl.foi, ard 
ju:t to furtive us our fins, and to clcan^ us from ail unrighteous 
ncls. 

I 4 Wfaick 



IT* GOSPEL SONNETS. 

Which never could the grufky free (*), 
Ycl fully dears moil guilty me (*). 

SECT. VIE 

T»tf My fiery cf Gov the Juftifier, Rom. iii. 26. ju- 
fiified both in bis jujlifying and condemning ; or 
&oul juflification and Self-condemnation. 

MY Jefus needs not fave O), yet mull (b) ; 
He is my hope (c), I am bis rruft (/). 
He paid the double debt, well known 
To be alltnine, yet ail his own (e) . 

(w) Ejpei. xxxiv. 6, 7. And the Lord paflt-d by before him, and 
proclaimed, The Lord, The Lo*d God, — that w 11 by no means 
tl -;.r the guilty. 

0) Rom. jv. 5. To him that worketh not but believeth on him that 
jpf\£fieti1 the ungodly, hisfahh is counted for righteouteefs. 

(a) Rem ix. 5 Chrifl is over alJ, God bictilu for ever. 

John x 1$. And other iheep I have, which are not of tl is 
fold : tfcftHti alio 1 rauu bring and they (hall hear my voice; and thrre 
l'!- . : 'l be •»"" Mil! and one ihepherd v. 18 No man taketh it [my 
hr- I from me, but I lay ir do*n of mylclf: I have power to lay it 
cowji and I &ayt P'Wcr to take it a<;ain. This commandment have 
I revived of my Father Luke ii. 49. And Jcfus faid unto them 
;"f.>i"ipii ^nd his mother], Hew is k rhat ye fought me? will ye not 
t;,«it i nruH be* ah- mi my Fathers bufincfs? 

(c) r er x'v. 8 O the hope of Jfiacl, the faviour thereof in time 
of trouble, &C. Chap xv'i 17. Be not a terroi unto me, th^u art 
n>y hare in the day of evil, 1 77w i. 1. Paul an ap. ffie of J fus 
CnriU* Vy t ! - commandment of God oi.r Saviour, and Lord Jcfus 
Chiift which is our hope. 

U- Jobd xvii. 6. f h^c mar.if (red thy rame unto the men wtveh 
iimV^vea me our of the world : thine tl;ey were, and thou ga- 
yd} them nve. * Tin: i iz. I know whom 1 have bdi.ved. and 
T am perfuad'd t 1 t he is able to keep tftit *hitil 1 have Ct-niUiit- 
ted unto him a^ainft ti at day. 

( s I- j;:, 4 j. 6, Snr ly he hath born our griefs, and carried 
^ . vs: ' yfc ; we jti clUem him (Ink Gw 



Part III. T!:e Bcllcvtr's RiJJh. 177 

Htrce, tho' I ne'er h?d more or lefs 
Of juilice pleafing righteoufnds f/J, 
Yet here is one wrought to my hand, 
As full as juilice can demand (/>). 
By this my judge is more appeas'd 
Than e'er my fin his honour leas'd (A); 
Yea, juftice can't be pleas'd fo well 
By all the torments borne in hell (*)• 

iffl cled. But he was wounded for our tranigrefiions, he was brur 
fed for our trinities : the chaftifen^nr of our peace was upon hinv 
and with his (tripes we are heaUd. All we like fheep have gene a- 
ftray : we have turned every one to his own way, and the Lord 
hath laid on him the iniquity of us all. v. 8. For the tranlgrcflion 
of my people was heftriken. Heb. vii. za~ By fo much was Jefus 
m.Je a furety of a better tcitament. 

(f) Rom.'ui 9 .10, 19 See letter (g) forecite'; 

(g) Dan. ix. 14 Seventy weeks are determined upon thy peo~ 
pi , and upon thy holy city, to fioifh the tranfgrciiion, a: d to make 
an end of fins, and to make reconciliation for iniquity, and to bring 
in cverLlHng righteoufnefs, &c. Zecb. xiii. 7. Awake, O fword, 
againft my ihepherd, and againft the man that is my fellow, faith 
the Lord of holts : fmite the ihepherd and the fbeep lhaii be fcattcr- 
tJ : and I will turn mine hand upon the iiitle ones, 

(/?) Rom. v. 8, 9, 10, 1 1. But God c .mmendeth his love towar<fo. 
us, in that while we were yet finners, Chrift died f>r us. Much 
more then being now juftified by his blood, we fliail be faved from 
wrath through him. For if when we were enemies, we were rt 
conciled to God by the death of his Son : much more being recon- 
ciled, we (hall be faved by his life. And not only Vw, but we alfo 
j iy in God through-our Lord jefus Chriit, by whom we have now 
id the atonement. Heb ix. 14. How much more fhall the 
bl >d of Chi ill, who, throug'i the eternal Spwu, offered himflf 
without fpot to God, purge your Cv,mcience iron* ckad woiks to 
iv-ne the living God r 

(i) Heb. x,. 5, 6. WhsnYore when he comcth into the worlJ, he 
tilth, Sacri6ce and offering thou woulJft not, Uit a b»dy halt thou 
prepared mc : in bumi-off rinps and Sacrifices f.-r (in thouh?.^ bad no 
pleafvire v. 14. By one offering ht nath p*rfcc\cd for ever tnem that 
are fmclified. v. 19 Of how much furcr punifbment. (uf|H ve, 
(hall he be thought worthy, who hath trodden under. foul tiif slm 
J 5 t& 



ij8 GOSPEL SONNETS, 

Full farisfafilon here is fuch, 
As hell can never yield fo much (£) ; * 
Though juflice therefore might me damn,. 
Yet by more jr.ftice fav'd I am (/). 

Here ev'ry divine property 

Is to the higheft fct on high {m) ; 

of God, and hath eounted the blood of the covenant, wherewith he 
was fanftified, an unholy thing, and hath done ckipite unto the 
Spi.it of grace? 

\k)'Rom. v. it. See letter (h). Kph w*x. Chrift hath givetj 
himfeif for us, an ©f&rlrig and a facrifiee'to God foi a fwcet-fmell* 
ing favour, i Pet. i. 18, jo. Forafmuch as ye know that ye were 
not redeemed with corruptible things, as filvcr and gold, from your 
vain converfation received by tradition from your fathers; but uitA 
the precious blood of Chrift, as of a lamb without blcmilh and 
without fpot. Gal. iii. j$ Chrift hath redeemed us from the curfts 
of th< law, being made a curfe fc r us. 

(/) i Pet. iii. 1 8 Chriit hath once fiflfered for fins, the jufr for 
the un ,uif, (that he might bring us to God), being put to death in 
the fiefh, but quickened by the Spirit. Rom. iii. x6. To declare, 
J fay, at this time bit rightcoulnefs : that he might be jufr, and the 
jufliricr of him which believeth in Jefiis. i John ii. a. And he is 
the propitiation for our fins : and not for ours only, but alfo for 
live (ins of the who!e work'. Chap.iv. jo. Herein is love, not that 
wc loved God, but that he loved us, and ftnt his (on to be the pro- 
pitiation for our fins. 

(w) Rom. iii a c. Whom God hath ftt forth to be a propitiation,, 
through fai> in &is blood, to declare his riglneoufnefs for the re- 
milTion of iii -.s that are pad, through the forbearance of Go<h 
Pfah Nxxv. to. Mercy and truth are met together: righfecufntfs 
and peace have killed each other. % (.or. v. j8, 19. And all things 
aieof God, wiiohath reconciled us to himfeif by Jefus Chrifr, ard 
hath £iven co us the miniftry of reconciliation : to wit, that God 
was in Chrift, reconciling the world unto trim ft lf ( not imputing 
their ttcfpafTcs unto them; and hath committed unto us the word 
Qt" recorreiiiation. v %\. For he hath made him to be fin for us, 
*ho knew no fin ; that we ttiight be made the righteoufnc?* of God 
in him.. Luke ii 14. Glory to God in the higfeft, ar.d on eartk 
peace, good will towards men. 

Hence 



Pa&t III. The Believer's Riddle. 17$ 

Hence God his glory would injure, 
Jt my (aivation were not lure («)• 
My peace and fafety lie in this, 
]My creditor my furety is (0). 
The judgment-day I dread the lefs. 
My judge is made my righteoufnefs (/>)» 
He paid out for a bankrupt-crew 
Trie debt that to him (elf was due ; 
And fatisfy'd himfelf for me, 
When he did juftice fatisfy (q). 
He to the law, though Lord of it,, 
Did mod obediently fubmit (r> 

(u) 7/T xliv 13. Sing, ye heavens; for the Lord hath done it 
(bout, yc lower parts or. the earth : break forth into fwging-, ye 
mountains, O foreit, and every tree therein : for the Lord hath 
r« deemed Jacob, and glorified himfelf in lirael. Eph. i. 6. To the 
praife of the glory of his grace, wherein he hath made ns accepted 
in the beloved, v. iz. That we (hould be to the praife of his glory, 
who firft trufted in Chrttr. 

(o) Pfal. cxix. ui. Be furety for thy fcrvant for good: let not 
the proud opprefs me. Hcb. vii. i*. By fo much was Jefus made a 
furtty of a better teftament. 

Q>) i Cor. i. 30. But of him are ye in Chrift Je&s, who of God 
i> made unto us — righteoufne fs. Chap, xv, 55, 56,57. O death 
where is thy fting? O grave, where is thy victory ? The fling of 
death is fin ; and the ftrength of fin is the law. But thanks be to 
God, which giveth us the vj&oty, through our Lord Jefus Chrift. 

( 3 ) Zech. xiii. 7. Set letter (g), Rom. ix. 5. Chriir is over all, 
God bit-fled for ever. Phil. ii. $. 7,8. Chrift Jtfas being in the 
form of God, thought it not robbery to be equal with God; but 
made him ft If of no reputation, and took upon him the form of a 
fcrvant, and was made in the liken k of men : and being found in 
falhion as a man, he humbled hirnicLf, and became obedient unto 
death, even the death of the crols. 

(r) Ibid. Gal. iv. 4, 5. But when the fulneis of the time was 
come, God fcn.t forth his Son made of a woman, made under the 
law, to redeem them that were under the law, that we might re- 
ccivx the adoption of fons. 

I 6 What 



i8o GOSPEL SO N N £ T S. 

What he ne'er broke, and yet rnuft die, 
I never "kept, yet live muft i (J). 
The law, which him JtsJceepef kili'd, 
In me its breaker is fulfill \j (j.)_- 
Yei, mangify'd and honour'd more 
Than iin defae'd it e'er before (/) 
Hence, though the law condemn at large, 
It can lay nothing to my charge (») ; 
Nor find fuch ground to challenge me, 
As heav'n hath found to juitify (v) 

(') i Pet ill 1 8 See Idler (I), x Cor. v.n. Set letter (m) 
i John iv. 19 I- this was mauirefted the love of God towards, us, 
fcica ;fc that God fent his only begotten. Son into the world,, that 
tve micht live rhro gh him. 

(j) AV». v ; ii. 3, 4. For what the law could not do, in that it was 
^eak. through the fk Ih, God lending his own Son in the likenefs or 
qfunftti fl' ih, and for fin condemned fin in the rLrti; that the rigli- 
teoujhefs of the law might be ft tailed in us, who walk not aftei the 
fttrfi; but after the Spirit. 

(t) If. xlii 2,1. Ihc Lord is well pieaftd for his righteoufnefs 
/He, he will magnify fhe law, and muke it honourable, hem v. 
18.19 xo, 11. Therefore as by the offence of one judgment came 
upon all men to condemnation : even fo by the righteoufnefs v£ 
one, the free gift came upon all men unto jnftification of l.fe. For 
as by one iron's drfobedience many were made finncrs : id by the 
•bedience of one (hall many be made righteous. Moreover, the 
law entered, that the offence might abound: But where fin abound- 
ed, grace did much more abound : that as fin hath- reigned unto 
death, even Co might grace reign through righteoufnefs unto eternal^ 
life, by Joins Chrift our Lord. 

(a) Row, viii. 1. There is therefore now no condemnation to 
them which are in Chrift Jefus. v. 3, 4.. See letter (s). v. 33, 34. 
"Who fhili lay an'v thing to the charge of God's eleel ? It is God 
that juilifieth : who is he that condemneth ? It is Chrift that died, yea 
rather, that is rifen again, who is even at the right hand of God, wh* 
alio mbketh inierccfiion for us. 

(v) Job xxxiii. 14. Then he is gracious unto him, and faith, De- 
nver bi n from going down to the pi', I have found a ranfom 
Mom, i\\. a$, 20".,. Whom. God hath fct iojth to b« a propitiation 

through 



Fait HI. Tfe Beucvcr % s Riddle. r8i 

But (hcu^h he freely roe remit, 
I never crm mj lelf acquit (u>). 
My i u ^ge condemns me nor, I grant i 
Ytt juftify myfelf 1 can't O). 
From him I have a pardon got. 
But yet myfelf I pardon not (y). 
His rich forgivenefs Rill I have, 
let never can my felt forgive (z). 
The more he's toward me appeas'd, 
The more I'm with myfelf difpleas'd (#). 
The more I am abfolv'd by him, 
The more I do myfelf condemn (£). 

through faith in Lis blood, to declare his rigl.teouOiefs for the" re- 
miifion of fins that are paft, through the forbearance of God ; to 
declare, I fay, ac this time his ri^htcoufhefs , that he tni-ht be juft, 
and the juftifier < t him which beheveth ir> Jelhs. 

(wj x Sam xii. 13. And David laid unto Nathan, I have finned 
again.! the Lord. And Nathan, faid unto David, The Lord alio 
hath put away thy (1^ : thou (halt not die. PJaL li. 1, 3. with 
me throughly fiom mine iniquity, and cleanfe me from my fin. 
For I acknowledge my trunigreilijns : and my fin is ever before, 
me. 

(,v) Rom. viii 1.33. See. Utter (u). Job is. 10. If I juftify my- 
felf, mine own mouth (hall condemn me : it I (ay, 1 aai pencil, it 
fhall alfo prove me perverfe. 

(y) 1 Cor. vii. 1 1. For behold, this fclf fame thing that ye for- 
rowed after a godly fort, what carefulnefs it wrought in you, yea, 
what clearing of yoorftlves, yea, what indignation, yea, what fear, 
yea, what vehement defire, yea, what zeal, yea, what revenge ! 

(2) If. xxxviii. 15. What fhall I fay ? he hath both fpoken un- 
to me, and himfclf hath 3cnc it: 1 fhall go foftly all my yeais in 
the bitt.rncfs of my foul. 

(/j) Ezek. xvi. 63. That thou may ft remember and be confound- 
ed, and never open thy mouth any more becaufc of thy (hamt, 
when I am pacified toward thee, for all that thou haft done, faith 
the Lord God. 

(7») Luke xviii. 13, 14. And the publican franding afar off, would 
not lift up fo much as his eyes unto heaven, but fmote upon his 
brcaft, faying, God be merciful ta m* a finner. I ttll you, t'Js 



i82 GOSPEL SONNETS. 
When he in heav'n dooms me lo dwell, 
Then 1 adjudge my ;eif to heii (r) ; 
Yet iiilj i to his judgment 'gree, 
And clear him for 2bfoiving me ( t d). 

plan went <io*n tu « is houft jailukti rather than the otrer : for 
eveey one that exaUuh 1 in H if, fhali be abs.cd ; ar.d he thajt hum- 
birt.h hir/£Jf (hall be exalted. Ez;k xxxvi 31, 3l . '] hen lhall 
ye remember yoi.r uvp ivii ways, auu your d.-ingx that were not 
good, an J i^ail Lothe ) onricives-ui )om o.wi fi^hr, tLr tow in'qui- 
tits, and for 3 our abominations. N >t for your [Ikes do I this, frith 
the Lord God, be it known unto you : be auhamed and confounded 
for youi own ways. O houfc of Ifraef. Jer. xxxi. 19. Surclj af~ 
t,r that J was turned, I repented : and after that I was -infirucled, I 
fmote upon my thigh : I was aHumed, yea even confounded, be- 
Cit.fr 1 did bear the reproach of my yo^th 

(<) \Utth. xxv. 34 35, 36*, 37, 38, 39. Then Gull the Rang fay 
unt th.m m his rigfoi hand, Come, ye blc fled of my Father, in- 
herit the kingdom prepared for ycu from the foundation of the 
world. For J was an hnngrei, and ye gave me nuat: I wa> thir- 
ty, and ye gave me diink; J was a ibangtr, and ye took me in : 
naked, and ye clothed me ; I was lack, and ye vifit^d me; I was in 
prifon, and ye came unto me. Then fhall the lighteous anfwer 
}im, faying, Lord, when faw we thee an hungred, and fed thec ? 
or ihirdy, and gave thee drink ? When law we thee a frranger, 
and took thee in ? or naked, and clothed theef Or when (aw we 
thee fiek or in prifon, and came unto thee? x Cor. xi. 31. If we 
wold juc^ge ourfelves, we fhouJd not be judged. Luke xv. :o, xi. 
And lie [ihe prodigal fon] arofe, and came to his father. But when 
he was yet a great way off, his father law him, and had companion, 
and ran, and fell on his neck, ?nd ki lie d him. And the ion laid 
unto him, Father, I have firned againft heaven, and in thy fight, 
and am no more worthy to be called thy fon. Ccn. xxxii. 9, 10. 
And Jacob faid, O God of my father Abraham, and God of my fa- 
ther Laac, the Lord which faidft unto me, Return uato thy coun- 
try, and to thy kindred, and 1 will deal well with thee 1 am not 
worthy of the leaft of ail the mercies, and of all the truth, which 
thou 1 aft ftiewed unto thy rervant ; for with my fkff I palled over 
this Jordan, and now I am become two bands. 

(d) Pfal. I1.4. Againft thee, thee only, have I finned, and done 
this evil in thy fight; that thou mighttft be jufiified when thou 
(peaked, and be clear when thou juJgeft. & xi. 7. The righteous 
Lord loVUh right toi^uefs, his countenance dcth behold the upright,. 



P a k i III. »Ktf Bt tiher *s Riddle. x 3 j 

Thus he clears me, ai:d I him ckjr, 
I jtiftify my jtfftifier Op. 
Lfet bini condemn or juflify, 
Irom all byuftice I him free (/J. 

& cxlv. io\ 17. Thou opencil thine ha;. J, and ftiti&fieft the detfro 
of eve#y living l h i g. The Lord is rigUtoos in a-! I , j s *ays, a*»J 
hoi) in alt Ins wor s /feu. xv 3. And t'.cy &10 the long of . 
the fcrvant of God, and thefoogofthc Lamb, (:i)i^,Git.t and mar- 
vcUoms are thy works, Lord God alow^iny ; j»,fl and true aie thy 
ways, thou king of taints. 

0) i?<?w. iii. 26. To declare, I fay, at this time his righteout 
Tid's ; that he might be jurt. and the juftifier of him which bclievah 
IS Jelos If, xlv. zi There i* no God eifc be&Je mc a juit God 
and a faviour. v. 24- Surely, (hall one fay, In tin. Lord have I 
rghteoufnds and ihcngrh. Chap. jxni. z, Who U this that Com- 
eth from Edom, with dytd garments from 12ozrah t this t at is 
glorious in his apparel, travelling in ihv greatimfs W his fircigth? 
J that fpak in righttoufnefs,. nofehty to lave. Zecb. ix. 9. Re- 
joice gicatly, O daughter of Zicn ; inout, daughter of Jrrufdem ■ 
behold, thy King cometh unto thee; he is juif, and having falva- v 
tion, &c. / 

(f) Job xxv. 4, 5 6. How then can man be juftified with God 
er how can he be cLan that is born of a woman ? Behold even to 
the moon, and it Inincth not; yea, the ftars are not pure in his 
fight. How much Ids man that is a- worm; and the fon of man 
which is a worm? Pfai lxxxix. 14. Juttice and judgment are the 
habitation of thy throne ; mercy and truth (hall go before thy face. 
& xcvii. z. Clouds and darknefs are round about him; riohtcouf- 
Leis and judgment are the habitation of his throne. Rom. iii 19, 
20. Now we know that what things (bever the law faith, it faith, 
to them who are under the law ; that every mouth may be flop- 
ped, and alii the world may become guilty before God. Therefore, 
by the deeds of the law, there (hall no flefh be jultified in his fight; 
for by the law is the knowledge of fin. v. Z3, Z4, 15. For all have 
finned, and come fhort of the glory of God , being jollified freely 
by his grace, through the redemption that is in Jefus Chrift ; whom 
God bath fet forth to be a propitiation, through faith in his blood, 
to declare his righteoufnefs for the remiflion of lins that are pad, 
through the forbearance of God. Pfil, xxii. z, 3. G my God, I 
cry in the day time, but thou heareft not ; and in the night-feafon 
and am not filent. But thou art holy, O thou that inhabit eft tJic 
jp raifcs of liracL 



i84 * GOSPEL SO N N E TS. 



S E G T. VIII. 

The My fiery of ' SanSilficatton imperfettin thhLife\ 
or the Btiitvtr dot ~? all, and doing nothing. 

Mine arms embrace my God Gz), yet I 
Had never arms to reach fo high (£) ; 
His arm alone me holds (c), yet lo, 
1 hold and will not let him go (d). 

I do according to his call, 

And yet not I, but he does all (e) ; 

Bat though he works to will and do (f) 9 

I without force work freely too (g). 

(a) Sex? iii. 4. h was but a little that I faffed from them; but 
I found Mm whom my fail lovcth ; I held him, and would n. t let 
him go, until I had brought him into my mother's houfe, and into 
the chan br of her that conceived me 

(b) Pfeh lxi..4. From the end of the earth will I cry unto thee, 
when my heart is overwhelmed ; lead me to the rock that is high- 
er than I. 

(c) Pjal. Ixiii. 8. My foul followcth hard after thee; thy right 
hand Ufholdeth me. If xii. 10. F«.ai thou not, for Jam with 
thee; be not difmayed* for I am thy God ; J will ftrengthen thee, 
yea, 1 will 1 e'p t' ee, yea, I will uphold thee with the light hand 
of my righteoufhefs. 

(d) Gen. xxxii 16. And he [the angel] faid, Let me go, for the 
day breaketh : And he [Jacob] faid, J will not let thee go, except 
thou bkfs me. 

(f) x Cor. XT. 10. But by the grace of God f am what I am : 
and his grace which was brliowed upon me, was not in vain , but 
1 laboured more abundantly than they all : yet not f, but the orace 
of God which was with me. v $&. Theitfo:e, my beloved bre- 
thren, be ye ftedfafi, unrnoveabie, always abounding in the work 
of the Lord, forafrauch us ye know that your labour is not in vain 
in the Lord. 

(j) Philip, ii 13. It is God which worketh in yon, both to will 
and to do of his gt>od plcafuie. 

(j) Pfal ex 3 Thy peojrfc Hiali be willing iD ibe day of thy 

ftowvr. 



Part HI. The Be Hevcr's RiaJh. 1 85 

His will and mine agree full well (£)> 

Yet difagree like beav'n and bell (/;. 

His nature's mine (k), and mine is his (/) ; 

Yet fo was never that nor ihis (w). 

I know him and his name, yet own 

He and his name can ne'er be known («). 

His gracious coming makes me do; 

I know he comes, yet know not how (0). 

power, cxvi 16. Oh Lord, truly I am thy fervant, I am thy fcr- 
vant, and the ton of thine handmaid : thou h«(t loo fed my bonds, 

(A) Matib. vi. icl Thy will be done in earth as it is in heaven. 
Pjil. xl 8 I delig it to do thy will, O my God : yea, thy law is 
within my heart. 

(i) iVjeitb. xxi. 2. 8, 19. A certain man had two Tons, and he 
c«mc to the firft, and faid, Son, go work to-day in my vineyard, 
lie aafwered and faid, I will not, &c. Jcbn v. 40. Ye will not 
come to mc, that yc might have life. Mctih. xxiii 3?. O Jerufa- 
lein, Jerufa.em, thou that killed the prophets, and (Ion. ft them 
which arc ient unto thee, how often would 1 have gathered thy chil- 
dren together, even as a Den gatheieth her chickens under her wings 
and yc would not! 

(k) x Pet. i. 4. Whereby arc given unto us exceeding great and 
prcci'Ui promilcs ; that by thefe you mi^ht be partakers of the di- 
vine nature. 

(/) lieu. ii. 14. Forafmuch then as the children ar<* partakers of 
flclh and blood, he alto himflr likewile took part of the (ame. v. iC. 
For verily he took not on him the nature of angels: but he took, 
on him the iced o f A bra n a m . 

(w) If xi. 17, 18. Ail nations before Mm are as notbir.g, and 
they are counted to him lefs than nothing, and vanity. To whom 
thtn will ye liken GoJ? or what iikencis will ye compare unto 
him ? 

(/:) Pfal. ix. 10. They that know thy" n?me uil! put thiii truft 
in thee. Pro v. x*x. 3, 4. I [Agur] neither learned wifjom, nor 
have the knowledge o» the holy. v\ j, hath aTcendetH up into hea- 
ven, or dtfeended.' who hath gathered the wind in his fills? who 
bath b .una the waters in a garment? who hath eft«bli(hed all the 
ends of the earth ? what is his name, and what ii hi* luft'j name, 
ii thou ca.iii tell ? 

Lv. 16. Awike, O north- wind, and come, tho<f»'.i:b, 



io u o \j o r r. l, a u in in £ i 5. 

I have no good but what he gave (/»), 
Yet he commends the good I have \q). 
And though my -good to him s(cends (/•), 
My goodnds to him ne'er extends (jj. 
I take hoid of his cov'nant free (j), 
But find it muft take hold of me (/)• 

blow upon thy garden, that the fpices thereof may flow out : let 
my beloved come into his garden, and eat his pleafant fruits. John 
HI. 8. The wind bloweth where it lilleth, and thou heareft the 
ibund thereof, but canfr not tell whence it cometh, and whiiher it 
goech ; (o is ever) one that is born of the Spirit. 

(f) x Cbron. xxix. 14. And David faid,— But who am I, and what 
is my people, that we ftiould be able to off r fo willingly after i is 
tort i for ail things come of thee, and of thine own have we given 
thee, x Cor. iii 5. Not that we arc fufficient of onrfeves to think 
any thing as of ouifelves : but our fufTki-ncy is of God. 

(q) z Ccr. x. 18. for not he that commendcth himfelf, is appro- 
ved, but whom the Lord commendeth. Rom. xii. 1, 2.. I bi.fei.cli 
you therefore, brethren, by the mercies of God, that ye prelent 
your bodies a living facrifiee, holy, acceptable unto God, which is 
your reafonable ftrvice. And be not conformed to this world: but 
be ye transformed by the renewing of your mind, that ye may prove 
what is that good, and acceptable, and perfect will of God. 

(r) Pful. xxv. 1 . Unto thee, O Lord, do I lift up my four cxli. 
a. Let my prayer be fet fotth before thee asinceuie : and the lifting 
up of my hands as tre evening, facrifiee. Eph. iii. iz. In whom[Chriit 
Jefusj we have b^ldnefs and «ccefs with confidence by the faith of 
him. Htb. x 19. Haying therefore, brethren, boldnefs to enter into 
the holieir by the blood cf Jefus, &c. 

([) Pful. xvi 1.. O my foul, thou haft faid UBto the Lord, Tbo* 
art my Loid : my goodnifs cxtendeth not to thee. 

(s) If. lvi. 4. Lhus faith the Lord unto the eunuchs that — take 
hold of my covenant, fr*. v 6. Aifo the (br.s of the tlranger, that 
join themiUves tJ the Lord, to fcrve him, and to love the name < £ 
the Lord, to be his fervams, every cue that — takcth hold of my 
covenant, &c. 

(?) Zubs i 6. But my words and my flatutcs, which I command- 
ed my ib vants the prophets, did they not take hold of your fa- 
thers? and they returned and faid, Like »s the Lord of hotlfi thought 
%9 do \mt9 us, according to. our ways, uuu according to our ioiiigi-, 



Part III. Tbe Believer's Riddle. 187 

I'm bound to keep it O), yet 'tis bail, 
And bound to keep it without fail (vj. 
The bond on my part cannot Lift (zu), 
Yet on both fides (lands firm and fail (x). 
I break my bands at ev'ry (hock, 
Yet never is the bargain broke (y). 

Co hat!, he dealt with us. Pfal. ex. a, 3. The Lord (hall fend 
the rod of thy (trength out of Zion : rule thou in the mids or" thine 
enemies. Thy p -ople (hail bt willing in the Jay of thy power, &c. 
Rem. i. 16 1 am not afhamed of the gofpcl of (Thrift : for it is 
the power of God unto falv-tion, to every one that bclievtth, to 
the Jew hrlr, and aifb 'o the Greek, z Cor. ii. 16. — to the other 
we are the favour of life unto life : and who is iuhuient for thefe 
things? 

\u) Pfal. ctil, 17, 18. The mercy of the Lord is from everlufiing 
to evcrlalt.ng upon them that fear him ; and his righteoufneis unio 
chilJiens children : to fuch as keep hiscovtmnt, and to thoie that 
remember his commandments to do them. John, xvii 6. 1 have 
tnanifcfleJ thy name unto the men which thou gaveit me out of 
the world : thine they were, and thou ^aveft them me; and ti ey 
have kept thy word. 

(v) Pfal. Ixxxix. 33, 34, 35, 36*. Neverthelefs my loving kind- 
nefs will I not utterly take rrom him, nor fuller my faithtulncfs to 
fail. My covenant will L not break, nor alter the thing that is gonf 
cut of my lips. Once have I fworn by my holincls, that I will not 
fye untv> David, his feed (hall endure for ever, and hi> thione as 
the fun before me. 

(w) Pfal. Ixxxix. 30, 3T, 31. If his children forfake my law, and 
waik not in my jodgmenlS; if thty br^ak my ftatutes, and keep 
not my commandments: then will 1 vifjt their tranigrtffion with, 
the rod, and their iniquity with (tripes. 

(x) Pj.il. Ixxxix. z, 3, 4. For i have fdid, Mercy fna!l be built 
up (or ever: thy fdithiulnefs rtialt thou dlablilh in the very hea- 
vens I have made a covenant with my cho&n, 1 have fworn unto 
David my (Irvatit. Thy feed will I etubhlh for ever, and buiid op 
thy throne to all generations, i>. z8, 19- My mercy will 1 keep for 
him for evermore, and my covenant (hall (land fad with him. His 
Cctd rtlfo uiil f make to endure for ever, and his throne »s the day s 
of heaven. Jcr. xxxii. 40. And I will ma^e an everlafting covcnai .•: 
with them, that 1 ui!l not turn away from them; to do them gon.j • 
but I wiil put my fear u\ their hearts, tyAC they ihiil n>t <jep:*a 



i SS GOSPEL SO N K ETS. 

Daily, alas i I difbbey (z), 

Yet yield obedierce ev i v day 0?). 

I'm an impertect pti -feci man (£)> 

That can do all, yet nothing can (r). 

I'm from beneath (rf), and from above (e), 

A child of wrath (f), a child of love (#). 

A ftranger e'en where all me know \ 

A pilgrim, yei I no where go (/?). 

fyj Pfii lxxviii. 37. Th;ir heart was not right with htm, nei- 
ther were they frcdiaO in his covenant. If hv. 10. The moun- 
tains (hall depart, and the hills be removed, but my kindnefs Irull 
fcot depart from thee, \ either fhall the eovenant-of my peace be re- 
moved, Uitii the Lord, that hath mercy on thee. 

(zi J<wes iii. 1. In man)' tilings we 'off nd all. 

(a) PlaL lxi &. So will I (ing praife unto- thy name for ever, that 
I may uaily perform my vows. titb. iii. i*. But exhort one ano- 
ther daily while it is called, To day ; left any of you be hardened 
through the decei;.fulnefs of fin. 

(/>) Pfal. xxxvii. 37. Mark the perfect man, and behold the up- 
right : for the end of tkat man is peace. Rev. m *. Be wat.h- 
ful, and ftrcngthen the things which remain, that are reauy to die: 
f^r I have not fuu d thy works perfefl before God. 

(c) Philip, iv. 13. I can do all things through Chrift which 
ttrengthentth me. John xy. 5. 1 am the vim , ye are the branches : 
He that abideth in me, and i in him. the fame bringeth forth much 
fruit : for without me ye can do nothing. 

(d) John viii. 23. And Jefus faid unto the Jews, Ye are from be. 
neaih — : ye are of this world, &c. 

(e) GaL iv. x6 JmUalem which is above, is free, which is the 
mother of us all. v. xS. Now we, brethren, as Ifaac was, are the 
children of prormfe. John i, r 3 . W "hith were bom, net of blood, 
no of the will of the flenV nor of the *ill «>f man, bur of God. 
Chap. iii. 5 6. Jefusa.Tuercd, Verily, v.niy I Hy unto thee, Except 
a man be born of water, and of the'Spirit, he cannot enter into the 
kingdom of G< d. -That wfiicri is born of the Spirit, s fpiriU 

(f) *pb ii 3. .We —were by nature the children of wrath, c- 
ven <»s others. 

(g) Rom ix. 8. The children of the promife are counted for ti:e 
feed. 

(hi m. *:. rt. Thclc ail— confcflc* tbrt they were (Hangers 



Part III. Thj Btlicwr*s RiUIs. 1S9 

1 irade abroad, yet it a y at home (?) ; 
My tabermcle is my romo(£), 
I c3n be pfifotTd, yet abroad ; 
Bound hand and foot, yet walk wfeh God (/). 

SECT. IX. 

The mv fiery of various names given to faints and 
church ofChri/f ; or, The flefh and Spirit dt [bribed 
jrom inanimate things, vegetables and fenfitives. 

TO tell the world my proper name, 
Is both my glory and my iliame (0) : 

and ni'nr.m* on the earth, i Vet. ii. M. Dtarly Beloved, I bc- 
fetch you as ftran^ers and pilgrims, &c. 

(?) Philip, iii. 20. For our conversation is in rua^n, from whence 
al(o we look fur the faviour, the Lord Jefus Chriit. 

(k) x ( cr. v. 1, x. For we know, ti at if our earthly houfe of 
tins tabernacle were diflUved, we have a bui'-ding of God, an houfe 
not made o-ith hands, eternal in the heivens for in this we groan 
carnefUy, defiring to be clothed upon with our h^ufc winch is from 
kx-aveM. v. 4. For wc thit are in this, tabcmxlc do groan, being 
burdened : not for that we would be unclothed, but Joined upon, that 
mortality r.^ight be fu allowed up of life. 

(/) i'f?i xvi. 24, 15. The jailor having re-reived fnch a charge 
thruit them into the inner pr.f>n, and maJe th-.ir feet fail in the 
ilocks. And at midnight P^ul and Silas prayed, and fang praiies 
unto God x Tim ii. p. \\ herein I h.ffr trouble as au evil doer, 
ever, unto bonis; bur the word of God is not bound, x Cor. vi. 4, 
5. Hut in all things approving wurfe'ves *s the u.iniftersor' God, in, 
much patience, in affl.ctions, in necefaties, in ciltrciTcs, in fhipes, 
in impriibnmeHts, in tumuiis, in labours, in watcLLigs, in tail- 



ings. 



£3 

{a) Bof i. 9. Then faid God, Call his name Lo-ammi : for ye 
are not my people, and I will not be your God. Cnap. ii. 1. Say 
ye unt > your brethren, Am mi, and to your filters, Ruininjh. if. 
X3. And l will have mercy upon her that hath not obtained mercy, 
and I will /ay to them w/.ich were not my people, Thou ert my 
people, aud they Ihall lay, Thjuait my God. 

For 



fpo . GOSPEL SONNET S. 

For like my black but comely face, 

My name is fin, my name is grace (£). 

Mod fitly I'm affimilate 

To various things inanimate ; 

A (landing lake (r), a running flood {d) > 

A fixed flar (*); a paffing cloud f/X 

A cake unturn'd, nor cold, nor hot (g) ; 

A vefTel iound (By, a broken pot (/) ; 

(b) So>:g i. e. I am black, but comely, O ye daughters of Jem- 
fabm, a? the tent? of Kedar, as the curtains of Solomon. i Tim. 
i 15. TJ is is 2 faithful faying, and worthy of all acceptation, that 
Cbri'.r Jefus carne into the world to fave finners, of whom I am 
chief. If Ixii. x, 3 And the Gentiles fhall fee thy righteoufnefs, 
and aii kings thy glory : and thju fhalt be called by a new name, 
which the mourh of the Lord fhall name. Thou fhalt alfo be a 
crown ofglor/ in the hand of the Lord, and a royal di«d;.m in the 
hand of thy God. 

(c) Jcr. x'viii. 11. Moab hath been at cafe from his youth, and 
he hath fettled on his lees, and hath not been emptied from veflel 
to vedc!, neither hath he gone into captivity : therefore his tafie 
remained in him, and his fcent is not changed. 

(d) If. x!iv. 3. [ will pour water upon him that is thirfty, and 
floods up^n the dry ground ; I will pour my fpirit upon thy feed, 
and my bleffing upon thine offspring. 

(e) Dan. xii. 3. And they that be wife, fhall Onne as the bright- 
nefs of the firmament; and they that turn many to righteoufneft, 
as tht ftars for ever and ever: And in oppofnion to tbofe called wan- 
dering !ars, Jude 13. 

(f) Hof vi 4. O Ephaim, what fhall T do unto thee ? O Ju- 
dah, what fhall f do unto thee ? for your goodnefs is as a morning- 
cloud and as the early dew it gocth away. 

(g) Hof vii. 8 Ephraim, he hath mixed himfelf among the peo- 
ple, Ephraim i-s a dake not turned. Rev iii. 15. I know thy works 
that thou art neither cold nor hot : I would thou wert cold or hot. 

(h) Ron. ix zi. Hath not the potter power over the clay of 
the fame lump to make one veflel unto honour, and another unto 
diihonour? 

(;) Pfal xxxi. it. I am forgotten as a dead man out of mind : 
3 am like a bioken veileJ. 

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Part III. The Believer's Riddle. 191 

A ridng fun (J£) a drooping \w'ng (/)• 
A fiinty rock (m) a flowing fpring (>;). 
A rotten beam (?) a virid Item (p); 
A menltr'ous cloth (q) % a royal gem (V). 
A garden barr'd (f), an open fieH (O ; 
A giiJing (Iream (/)» a fountain feal'd G^)« 

(k\ Mattb. x;ii 13 Then l>.ali the ri^ht.oui ihir.c fortji as the 
fin. in rn of their r'utier. 

((} Pfat Iv 6. And I ft:J, O thai I bad wings like a dove! for 
then would I fly away, and be at rdt. 

(>«) Z.'o?. vii u. They made thct* hearts as an adamant dene 
left they mould hear the law, ard the words which the L^rd of 
hofls hath fent in his fpirit by the former prophets. 

{n) John iv. 14. Jefus anfwered and (aid unto her. — Whomever 
drinketh of the water that I mall give him (hall never thirtt : but 
the water that I lhall give him, Ihdil be in him a well of water 
ipringing up into everlasting life. 

(0) If xvii. 9, 10 In that day mall his ftrong cities be as a for- 
faken bough, and an uppermost branch, which they left, becaufe 
of the children of Ifrael : and there mall be defolution. Becaoic 
thou haft forgotten the God of th\ falvation and had not been 
mindful of the rock of thy ftrength ; therefore fliait thou plant 
pleaCmt plants, and malt fct it with itrange flips. Chap xxvii. If. 
When the boughs thereof are wittered, they mail be broken ofT: the 
"women come and fet them oh fire : for it is a people of no understand 
ing. &c. 

(p) Prov. xi. 18. The righteous mall fl nrifh as a branch. Pf/L 
xch. ix, 13. The righteous mall flonnih like the palm tree : he 
Hull grow like a cedar in Lebanon. Thole that be planted in the 
hov.fe of the Lord, (hali fl>arim in the courts of our God. 

(q) If xxx. xx Ye lhall defile alio the covering of thy graven 
images of filver, and the ornament of thy molten imag< s of gold : 
«hou lhak cafl them away as a menltruoos cloth ; thou ihilt fay un- 
to ir. Get thee hence. Chap. Ixiv 6. But we are all as an unclean 
thing, and all our righteoufneiTcs are as filthy rags. 

(r) If. Ixii. 3. Thou malt alfo be a crown of glory in the hand 
of the Lord, and a royal diadem in the hand of thy God. 
(f) Song iv. ix. A gard.n ineiofed is my fifter, my fpoufe. 
(j) Mat Ik xiii. 14,15. Another parable put he forth unto them, 
faying, the kingdom of heaven is likened unto a man which fow* 
•d feed in his field : but while men flcpt, his enemy came, and 
Rifled t*rci among the wheat, and wen: his way. 



u)i GOSPEL SO N NETS. 

Of various vegetables fee 

A fair and lively map in me, 

A fragrant rcfe (v), a noiiome weed (w) ; 

A rotting (jc), yet immortal feed (y). 

I'm with'ring grafs (2), and growing corn (a) ; 

A pleafant plant O), an irkfome thorn (V) ; 

An empty vine (^), a fruitful tree 0) ; 

An humble (hrub f/J, a cedar high (g). 

(f) &?«£ iv, 15- [My filler is] a fountain of gardens, a well of 
Hving waters, uno. (teams From Lebanon. 

(u) Song. iv. 12. A Ipring flmt up, a fountain feakd is my filler, my 
fpoule. 

(7') If xxxv. 1. The wildcmefs and tlie iliitary place (hall be 
glad for them : and die de'art (bail rejoice, and blolfom as tht rofe. 

[iv)If v. 4. What could have been done more to my vine\ ard, 
that I have n>r done in it? wherefore when I looked that it Jhouid 
bring forth -grapes., brought it forth wild grapes? 

(x) Gen. \v. 19. In the f.*eat of thy face (halt rhou eat bread, 
till thou return unto the ground ; for out of it wall thou taken : 
for dull thou art, and unto dull (h It tho* return. 

(y) 1 Pet. J. 13. Being born again, not of corruptible feed, but 
of incoiiuptib.e, by the word of God winch livcth and abideth for 
ever. 

(z) If xi. t. The grafs withcreth, the flower f»d:th ; became 
the Spirit of the Lord bloweth upon it: (urely the people is grafs. 

(a) Hof xnr. 7- They that dwell under li;s thidow (hail return, 
they (hall revive as the corn, and grow as the vine: the fctnt there- 
of (bill be as the wine of Lebanon. 

(b) If v 7 The vineyard of the Lord of hods is the houfe of 
Jfrael, and the men of Judah his pleafant plant. 

. . (c) Mkab vii. 4 The befl of them is as a brier : the mofl up- 
right is (harper than a thorn hedge. 

(i) Hof. xi. iliaci is an empty vine, he bringeth forth fruit 
unto himfeif. 

L (e) Pjktk i 3. And he Hull be like a tree planted by the rivers 
of water, that bringeth forth his fruit in his fejfon; his leaf alls 
fii-ill not wither, and whatfoever he doth (hall profper. 

(f) Kzek. xvii. s. <*• He [a great ea-»le] took alfo of the Ceci 
of the land, and ph'.tcd it in a fruitful field, he placed it by great 
waters, and fct it as a willow tree. And it grew, and beer. me • 

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PartIH. The Believer's Riddle. 193 

A noxious brier (/?), a harmlefs pine (/) ; 
A faplefs twig (k), a bleeding vine (/) : 
A liable fir (w), a pliant bulh O) ; 
A noble oak (*), a naughty ru(h (p). 

fpreaJing vine of low future, whofe branches turned toward him 
and the roots thereof were under them : fo it became a vine, and 
brought foilh branches, and (hot forth fpvigs. v. X4. And all the 
trvesof the field (hail know that I the Lord have brought down the 
hi-h tree, have exnlted the low tree, have dried up the green trte, 
and hare made the dry tree to flouril'h : I the Lord have fpoken 
and 'have done it. Mark. iv. 30, 31. And Jefus Cid, Whercnnto 
fh«ll we liken the kingdom of God? or with what companion fhall 
we compare it ? It is like a grain of mullard-feed, which when it 
is (own in the earth, is lefs than all the feeds that be in the earth. 
(j) PfiL xcii. ix. The righteous (hall grow like a cedar in Le- 
banon. 

(/) Wicah vii. 4. Set letter (c). 

(i) If. xli. 19. I will fet in the defart the fir-tree, and the ptne, 
and the box tree together. 

(k) John xv. 4 Abide in me, and f in you. As the branch can- 
not bear fruit of iticlf, except it abide in the vine ; no more can 
ye, except ye abide in me. 7'. 6 If a man abide not in me, he is 
caft forth as a brand), and is withered. 

" (0 7 c ^ n xv 5 I arr) t^ e vine, ye are the branches: He that a- 
buieih in me, and 1 hi him, the fame bringeth forth much frnit : 
for without me ye can do nothing. Song ii ij. The fig tiee pur- 
tetii forth hei green fT^s, and the vines with the tender grape give 
a good fmctf. v. 15. Take us the foxes, the litte foxes that fpcil 
the vines: for our vines have tender grapes. 

(///) If. lv. 13. Inlread of the thorn lhall come up the fir tree, 
and i.alead of the brier lhall come up the myrtle-tree : and it (hall 
Ve to the Lord for a name, for an evcrhftir.g fign that lhall not be 
cut off. Ch2p. lx 13 The glory of Lebanon (hall come unt# 
thee, the fir tree, the pine tree, and the box together, to beautify 
the p'aec of my fanc"i.u*ry, and I will make the pLte of my feet 
, gioii-us. 

(jh) Mnttb. xi. 7. And as they departed, Jefus bsgan to hy un- 
to ih* multitudes concerning John, What went ye out into .he 
uilderncfs to lee ? A reed fhaken wiih the wind ? 

('A If vi. 13. But yet in it fhall be a tenth, and it lhall return 
and lhall be eaten : as a ttil tree, and as au oak v.hcic fcibfia^*: is 



i 9 4 GOSPEL SONNETS. 
With fenjitiv£% I may compare, 
While I their various natures (hare : 
Their ctifHnft names may jufrly fuit 
A itrange, a reafonabie bru'e(^). 

The facred page my ftate defcribes 

From volatile and reptile tribes ; 

From ugly vipers (r), beauteous birds (Q ; 

From foaring hofts (jr), and fwiniih herds (/); 

I'm rank'd with beads of different kinds, 

With fpiteful tygers (a), loving hinds (v) ; 

iii them, when they cart their leaves: (o the holy feed ilnil be the 
fjbttav.cz thereof. 

(?) V * v "* * *$ it fnch a f:.(\ that I have chofen? a day for a 
man to afflict his foul? is it to how dojrn his head as a bulrulh, and 
to fpread fackcloth and afhes under him ? wilt thou c.*ll this a faft, 
and an acceptable day to the Lord ? 

(?) Pf''^ l**ii'« * 2 So foolitn was T, and ignorant ; I was as a 
hea(t before thee. Prov xxx. a. Surely I [Agnr] am more brutifh 
than any man, and have not the under {landing of a man. 

(r) Matih iii 7. Bin when John faw many of the Phar'fees and 
SaJviicees come to his baptifm, l.e faid unto them, O generation of 
vipers, &c- 

(f) Seng ii. ii. The time of tht finging of birds is come, and 
the voice of the turtle is heaid in our land 

(5) If lx 8. Who are ihefe that fiy as clouJs, and ns the doves to 
lht£r windows? 

(/) Maltb. vii. 6 Give not that which is holy onto the dogs, 
neither caft ye your peail> bcf»e fuiue, left they trample tiem un- 
der t-heir feet, and turn a^ain and rent you. % Pet. ii. 12 B-it it 
is happened unto ihem according to tie true proverb, The dog is 
^urneJ to his own vomit agr.n j and, The low that was wafted, to 
lur wallowing in tbe mire. 

(a) Pfal xxii. to". For dogs have compaflcd me, the aflemhly of 
the wick d have inclofed me: they pierced my hands and my feet 
Phi ip. in. x* Beware of dogs, beware-of evil workers, beware ot the 
con ci lion 

(<;) Pjhl. xviii. 3}. God maketh my f et like hinds feet, and'/lf- 
teth me upon my high places, prov. v. 19. Let her [ttit wife of 
thy, youth] be as the luyiig hind, and pic»lint roe, let her tfreaftf 

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Part lit. The Believer's Riddle. 195 

And creatures of uiflinguifh'd form?, 

With mourning eagles O), creeping worms (x). 

A mixture of each fort I am ; 

A hurtful fnake (y), n harmlefs Iamb (2) ; 

A tirdy afs (a), a fpeedy roe (£) ; 

A lion bold (t) : a lim'rous doe O'). 

A flotWul owl (*), 3 bufy ant f/J ; 

A dove to mourn (g), a lark to chant (>*): 

And wirh lef's equals to compare, 

An ugly toad (*'), an sngel fair (k). 

fslisfy thee at all times, and be thou rayifhed always with her love, 

{iv) If xl. 3T.- They (hall mount lip with wings as eagles. 

(.t) P/V?/. xxii. 6. But I am a worm, and no man. Jy r xli. 14, 
Tea n t, tii. u worm Jacob, and yc men of if; a- 1, «2?v. 

(i) Pfl. Ivsii. 4. Their poiion is like the poifon of a ferpent : 
they ar< like the deaf adder thai ftoppcth her ear. 

(2) John, xxi 15. So Alien they had dintd, Jefus faith to Simon 
Peter, Simon Con of Jonas 'overt thou me more than tJufe? He 
£ th unto l.im, Yea. Lord ; thou kr.owcft that I love thee. He 
jto-th onto him Feed my lambs. 

(a) Job xi. 12. Vain man would be wife, ihough man be born 
Hk< * .'.1.1 aiVsco't. 

#) Prav. vi. 5. DelrVer thyfelf [my fon] as a roc from the har.-l 
•f !ht hunter. 

(c) Prt>T. xxviii. 1. The ri^htfous a r e bold as a lion. 

(a) If ii. ip And thty rhall 00 into the holes of the rocks and 
into the caves of the earth, for fear of the Lord, and for the glory 
ef 1 is mayfly, wlvn h« auieth to fhake terribly the earth. 

(e) Pfiil. cii. €. I am like an ovl of the dciLrt. 

ffj Fnv vi. ($. Go to the2nt, thou Sluggard, cenfidcrher ways, 
■rd bt wife ^rr. 

(j) # xxxviii. 14. Like a crane or a fwallow, Co did I cbtttcr: 
1 did mourn as ;» do\e : rrire eyes tail with looking upward : O 
Lord, I am opprefl-J, urderukc for me, Ezek. v ; i. 16. Out they 
that efvape or'thfm [Ifrcel], (hall efcnpe, and P.-al! be on the moun- 
tains like doves of the valises, a!l of thtm mourning, every one 
for his inanity. 

(/!) Seng ii. 11. The time of the tinging of birds is come, and 
the voice of the turtle is hcarc; in our iand. 

Rim. iii 1^. — The poifon cf afps is Btuht tntirlif< 7 ■•'» 1 \. 



196 GOSPEL SONNETS. 

SECT X. 

The my fiery of the faints o } d end new man further 
defer ihed ; and the means of their fpiriiual life. 

TEmpations breed me much annoy (a), 
Yet divers fuch I count all joy (£). 
On earth I fee confufion reel (c), 
Yet wifdom ordVmg all things well (*/). 
I deep, yet have a waking ear (<?) ; 
I'm blind and deaf, yet fee and hear (f) : 

4. Behold, I am vile, what fhall I anfwer thee ? I will lay mine 
band upon my mouth. 

{k) Acts vi. 15. And all that fat in theccuncil, looking ftedfafh 
ly on him [Stephen], faw his face as it had been the face of an 
angel. 2 Cor. iii. 18. But we all with op n face, beholding as in a 
glafs, the glory of the Lord, are changed into the fame image, from 
glory to glory, even as by the Spirit of the Lord. 

(a) Heb. xii. 11. Now no chaftening for the pretent feem-etb to 
be joyous, but grievous, &c. 1 Pet. i 6\ Wherein ye greatly re- 
joice, though now for a ftafon (if need be) ye are in heavinefs 
through manifold temptations. 

(b) James i. 1. My brethren, count it all joy when ye fall into 
diytfs temptations. 

(c) Pfal Ixxxii. 5. They know not, neitl er will they underfbnd ; 
they walk on in darknefs: all the foundations of the earth are out 
of conrfe. 

(J) Pfal. xxix. 10. The Lord fitteth upon the flood : yea, the 
Lord fittgth King for ever. Ixxxix c. Thou rultlt the ragii g of 
the lea : when the waves thereof arife, thou (lilleft them. Rom viii. 
a8. And we know that ail things u©rk together for good, to them 
t'.at love God, to them who are the called according to his pur- 
pofe. 

(e) Seng v. i. 1 fleep, but my heart waketh : it is the voice of 
my beloved that knocketh, faying. Open to me, my fifter, my love, 
my dove, my ••ndefiled : foi my head is filled with the dew, and my 
locks with the drops of the night. 

(f) If. xlii i8 v 19. Henr ye deaf, and look, ye blind, that yc 
imay lee. Who ij blind, but my feivaut ? or deaf, as my mciTen- 

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Part III. The Believer's Riddle. 19/ 

Dumb, yet cry Abba, Father, plain (>), 
Born only once, yet born again (£). 
My heart's a mirror dim and bright (/'), 
A compound ftrangc of day anJ nigat (£)■: 
Of dung and di'monJs, drofs and goid CO 5 
Of fummer hear, and winter cold C*»). 

get that I lent ? who is blind, but he that is perfect, and bl.nd as 
the Lord's feivant: Chip. xxxv. 5. Then the eyef of the blind 
frull be opened and the ears of the deaf lhall be uniropped. 

(j) If xxxv. 6. Then dull — the tongue of the dumb fing : for 
in the *«fcterneis dull waters break out, and dreams in the defart. 
Rom. viii. 15. For ye have not received the ipirit of bondage ;-ga!fy 
to fear; but ye have received the Spirit of adaption, whcifcby we 
cry, AbSa, Faither. 

(hj J'bn iii. 3 4, 5, 6. JVfus arvfwered and faid unto him ["S c ro- 
de nus 1 , Verily v.n.y I U) unco thee Except a m.n he born a- 
guin, he cannot Tee the kingdon of God. N codemus laith unto 
hir., How can a man be bom when be is old \ can he enter lbs 
fecond time into his mother's womb, and be born? Jelus aniwer- 
ed, Verily verily I fay unto thee, Except a man be born of water, 
and of the Spirit, he car. not enter into the kingdom of God. That 
which is bjrn of the fldh, is flefh ; and that which is born of the 
Spirit, is ipirit. 

(i) Lam. v. 17. For this our heart is faint, for thefe things our 
eyes are dim. If. xxxii. 3. And the eyes of them that fee, mail not 
be dim, &c. 

(k) Zcch. xiv. 7. But it (hall be one day. which (lull be known 
to the Lord, not day, nor night : but it mail come to pafs, tha: at 
evening-time ir mail he light. 

<(/) NlaC.ii. 3. Behold, I will corrupt your feed, and fpreai dung 
upon your faces, even the dung of your folemn feads, and one lli-.il 
take you away with it. Philip, hi. 8. Yea doubt left, and I count 
all things but lofs, for the excellency of the knowledge of Chiitt 
Jeius my Lord : for whom I have futfered the lofs of all things, 
and do count them but dung that I may win Chrift. If. Ixii. 3. 
Thou (halt alio be a crown of glory iu the hand of the Lord, and 
a royal diadem in the hand ot thy God. If. i 1$. And I will turn 
my Hand upon thee, and purely purge a a ay thy drofs, and take 
a 1* ay all thy tin. Job xxiii. 10. God kuoweth the way that I take: 
when he hath tried me t I lhall come forth -s gold. 

(at) PjuL xxxix, 3. My heart wis hot withio ene, while I was 
• K 3 mw- 



i%% GOSPEL SONNETS. 

Down like a (tone I link and dive(/?), 
Yet daily upward foar and thrive (</}. 
To hta.v'n I fiy, ro earth I tend (/>) ; 
Stiil better grow, yet never rnend •(£>. 

roufing the fire burned. Luke xxiv. 3^. And they find one to smo- 
ther, bid not our heart burn within us, while he talked with us by 
the way, und while he opened to us the fenptutes? Mattb. xxiv. 
iz. And bec:uie iniquity Oiall abound, the love of many Giali wix. 
cold. Rev ii 4- Nevertheless, I have foir.ewhat againft thee^ be-* 
caufe thou had left thy firft love. 

(«) P/2j/. xlii. 6.7 O my God, my foul iscaft down within me: 
therefore will 1 remember thee from the land of Jordan, and of 
ihe Hcrmonitcs, from the hill Mlzar. Deep calleth unto deep, at 
the noiie of thy water-fpouts : all thy waves and thy billows are 
gone over me. 

(0) Pfal xhl 8 9. Yet the Lord will command his loving kind- 
nefs in the day time, and in the night his long fhdll be with me, 
and my prayer unto the God of my life. I will lay unto God my 
reck, Why baft thon forgotten me? why go I mourning becaufe 
of the opprcillon of the enemy? v. u„ Vv hy art thru call down, 
O my foul r and why art thou difcpiieted within me ? hope tl ou in 
God, for I (hall yet praife ham, who is tb~ health of my counte- 
ftsftce, ±n.\ my Gcd. 

(*) Co!, iii. I, *'. If ye then he rifen with Cbrift, feek thofe things 
whieh are above, where Chrift fnterh on the right hand of God. 
Set your affections on things above, not on things on the earth. VfaU 
>.iiv, zS- Our foul is boued down to the duft ; our belly clcaveth 
unto the earth. 

((/) tkf. .xiv. $ I will be as the dew ento Ifrael : he fi]a!l grow 
as the lily, and caH forth his roots as Lebanon, v. y. 1 hey that 
d*e-! under his lhadow mall return, the)' Bull revive as the corn, 
anJ grow as the vine : the fcenS thereof Hull be as the wine of Le- 
baoWn. rh'dib. iii. 12, 13. T 4- Not as though I had already at- 
tained, either uere ahtady periled : hut I follow afi er, if that i may 
apprehend that for which ai.'o lam reprehended of Chrift Jeiiis. 
BrciHrVti* I count not mykff to have apprehended : but this one 
ihif'p 1 do, frgetl'ng thofc things uinch aie behind, aid reaching 
forth unto thofe tMogS which are before, I prc-fs toward the mark 
for the piize of the h : : ;h calling of God in Chrilfc Uius. Kom. vit. 
73 7.4. But I f e another law in my members, w a. ring againir t)e 
law of ray mind, add bringing m: into captivity 19 the Uw of Cm, 



Part III. The Believer's Riddle. 199 

My heav'n and glory's fare to me, 
Though thereof fcldom lure I be (r): 
Yet vvhat makes me the Carer is, 
God is my glory (f) % I am his (j). 
My life's exposed ro open view (f), 
let ciofeiy hiid and known to few \u). 
Some know my place, and whence I canse, 
Yet neither whence, nor where I am {V s ). 
I live in earth, which is not odd ; 
But lo, 1 alio live in God (ii/) : 

which is in my members. O wretched man that I am, who fhall 
deliver me from ihd body of tt>:s B^afh. 

(r) Jjhn xiv. a, 3. In my Father's houC: are many maniions ; if 
it were not to, I would have told you : I go to prepare a place for 
you. And if I go and prepaie a place for you, I will come again 
and receive you unto myfclf, that where I am, there ye may be 
aho. x Pet i. ic. Whcicf -re the rather, brethren, give d ligence 
to make your calling and election fure. tieb. iv. 1 . Let us there- 
f >re fear, left * promife being left us of entering into his left, any 
cf you (huuld feem to came Short of it. 

(1) Pjal. iii-. 3. But thou, O Lord, art a (Veld fjr me; my glo- 
ry, and the lifter up of mine head. If. !x 19. The fun (hall be no 
more thy li^ht by d3y, neither f r brigiitnefs fh<il the moon give 
li^ht uato thee : b.it the Lord fhall be Ui.tj thee an CYcrlaftiog 
tight, and thy Go«.\ thy gl>ry. 

(f) If xlvi. 13, I will place falvatioii in Zion for Ifraei my glory. 
x Cor. viii. 23. Whether any do enquire of Titus he is my part- 
ner, and fLliow-hJpcr c< '.v-crr.i'.g you : or our brethren be inqui- 
r d of, they are the nielkngers ot the churche*, and the glory of 
Chriit. 

{t) Pfiil. xliv. 13. Thou makefl: us a reproach to our aei;Voour$, 
a fcoin and dcrifion to them lhat are round about us. 

(•) toK iii. 3 Y mr life is hid w:tb Critic in God. 

(.') Jc!:n iii. 9, 10 Nicodemus ai.fwered and fiid unto him, How 
can thefe things be * Jdus anfwered and Q\d unto him. Art the* 
a matter of lfrael. and knowcit not theie things? Prov. xiv. io. 
The hca:t knoweth his own bittcrr.iis ; an!fa Urangev doth n 
tc:nuaJe With hiijjy. i John iv. 16. And we have known rri 
believed the love thai Cud hath to us. God is lo^e ; and he 1 '■■*?. 
dvvdleth in love Jw Ji.;L in God, aruj 0i><2 'in hie:. 



zoo GOSPEL SONNETS. 

A fpirit without flefli and blood. 

Yet with them both to yield me food Gc), 

1 live what others live upon, 

Yet live 1 not on bread alone; 

But food adapted to my mind, 

Bare words, yet not on empty wind f». 

I'm no Antbropopagite rude, 

Though fed with human fle(h and blood ; 

But live fuperlatively fine, 

iMy food's all fpirit, all divine ( z). 

J feaft on fulnefs night and day (*), 

Yet pinch'd for want I pine away (£). 

(w) Gal.'n. zo. T am crucified with Chrift : Nevertheless I live: 
3 et not f, but Chrift livtth in me: arid the lift which I now live 
in the fLIh, I live by the faith of the Son of God, who loved me, 
and gave himfelf for me. 

(.1) John* iv. 14. God is a Spirit, and they that worlhip him, 
mult wo. (hip him in (pirit and in truth. Chap. vi. 53,54,55- Then 
Jefus faid untochem [the Jews], Verhy, verily I fay unto you, Ex- 
cept *e e*t the fL-fh of the Son of man, and drink his blood, ye 
1 ave no life in you. \v hofb eateth my firth, and diinketh my 
blood hath eternal life, and I will raife him up at the laftday. For 
my fLfti is meat indeed, and my blood is drink indeed. 

()') WLattk.is. 4. But Jefui angered and faid [unto the tempt- 
er], It is written, Man mail-not live by bread alcne, b-it by every 
word that pmceidcth out of the mouth of God. Jer. xv io\ Thy 
words were found, and J did tat them, i>nd thy word *as unto n c 
the joy and rejoicing of mine heart, for I am called by thy r.aine, 
O Lord God of hefts. 

(z) Jchn vi. 57, 58 As the living Father hath ftnt me, and h 
I've b> the Father: lb he that ca.cch me even he iboii live by me, 
r \ his is that bread which came c'^wn fom heaven : no: as youi fa- 
thtrs did eat manna, and are dead : he that catcth of' this bread, 
hiali live for ever, v 63. It is tin, fpirit that cuiick^Kth, the ficili 
profiuth nothing: the words that 1 (peak unto you, they are ipuit, 
a. id they are life. 

(a) If xxv. 6. And in this mount jin (hall the Lord of hods make 
unto *li p-opL a feutf of fat »hii«£S f aftait of wines on (he iccr, of 

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Part III. The Believer's Riddle. 201 

My leannefs, leannefs, ah ! I cry (c) ; 
Yet fat IftJ full of lap am I (</). 
As all amphibious creatures do, 
1 live in land and water too (e ) : 
To good and evil equal bent (f) 9 
I'm both a devil Qj), and a faint (A). 

fat things full of marrow, of wines on the Ices well refined. PfhL 
i x. Bet his delight is in the law of the Lord, and in his law doth 
be meditate day and night. 

(/>) If xli. 17. When the poor and needy feck water, and there 
11 none, and their tongue faiieth for thitit, J the Lord will hear 
them, 1 the God of Lfrael will not forfake them- Pfal. xl. 17- &ut 
1 am poor and needy, yet the Lord thinketh upon me: thou art my 
help and my deliverer, make no tarrying, O my God. 

(c) If xxiv. 16. Frnn the uttermoll parts of the earth have we 
heard fongs, even glory to the righteous : but I faid, My leannefs,. 
my leanneis, wo unio me : the treacherous dealers have dealt trea- 
«hcroufly, ) ea, the treacherous dealers have dealt very treacherouf- 

»/• 

(d) Pfal xcii. T3, 14. Thofe that be planted in the hcufe of the 
Lotd, (feiil fiourifh m the courts of our God. They fhall (Till bring 
f.>rih fruit in old age: they fhall be fat and flonrifhmg. civ. 16- 
The trees of the Lord are full of lap : the cedars oi Lebanon which 
he hath planted. 

(e) Pf.il. cxvi. p. I will walk before the Lord in the land of the 
living. Ixix. x, x. Save me, O God, for the waters are come in 
•nto my foul. I fink in deep mire, where there is no (landing : I 
am come into deep waters, where the floods ovcrfl >* me. lx;;xv ; ii. 
17. Thy terrors came round ab^ut me daily like water, they com- 
pelled me about together. 

(f) Rem vii. xi I find the;) a law, that when- 1 would do good,, 
evil is prefeut with me. 

(5) John vi. 70. Jefus anfwercd them, Have not I chefen you 
tweWe, and one of ) ou is a devil? Chap. viii. 44. Ye are of your fa- 
ll er the devil, and the lofts of your father ye will do. Jamci iii. 15. 
This wifdom ddccinkth not fiuari above, but is eartiiJy. fenluai, devi 
li*. 

(/>) 1 Cor. vi. ir. And fuch were fo.r.e of you : but ye are walk- 
ed, but ye art fmc"tiried, hut ye arc jufufkd in the name of the Lord 
Jcfjs, and by the Sprit of our God. 

K 5, While 



2^ GOSPEL SO N H E T S. 
While Tome men who on earth are gods (/>, 
Are wMi the God of heav'n at odds (k) ; 
My heart, where hellilh legions are (/), 
Is with the hofts of hell at war (w). 
My will fulfil what's hard to tell, 
The counfel both of Heav'n («) and hell (*) : 
Heav'n, without fin, will'd fin tobe(/>); 
Yet will to fin, is (in in me (q). 

(i) Pfah Ixxxh'. 6*. I have (aid, Ye are gods : and all of you arc 
children" of the Mod High. 

(k) Pp!. !*xx'i. r, *. Gudihndeth in the congregation of the 
Biighty : he judgeth among the gods. How long will ye judge un- 
Juftly, and accept the perfons of the wicked? St lab. v. e. They 
know not, neither will they underfUnd ; they wa& on in darknefs 
all the foundations of the earth are out of courfe. 

(/) Yiatth x". 19 For • ut of the heart proceed evil thoughts, 
murders, adulteries, fornications, thefts, falfe witnefs, blafpbemics. 
Luke viii. 30. And Jefus alked him, faying, What is thy name? 
And lie uid. Legion : becaufe many devils were entered into him. 

(w) h'.ph. vi. it. For we wreftle not agdinft flefh and blood, but 
againtr principalities, againft powers, againft the rulers of the dark- 
aefs of this 'world, againft fpi ritual wicked nefs in high places. 

(n) Rev. xvii. 17. For God hath put in their hearts to fulfil his 
will arid to zgree, and give thtir kingdom unto the bealr, until the 
words of God (hall be fulfilled. 

(<?) Ej>b. ii 3. Among whom alfo we all had our conversion in 
times paft, in the lufts of our fldh, ful61Hng thedefires of the fit fh, 
^nd of the mind ; and were by nature the children of wrath, even 
as others. 

(P) JpW* '■ J 3« Let no man fay when he is tempted. I am 
tempted . cf God: for God cannot be tempted with evil, neither 
tempteth he any man A ft* i. 15, io\ And in thofe days Peter 
flood up in the midft of the difciples. and faid. Men and brethren, 
This fenpturs mud need* have been fulfilled, which the Holy Ghoft 
by the mouth of David fpake before concerning Judas, which was 
guide to them that took Jcfrs. Chap. ii. 13. Jefus of Nazareth, 
being delivered by the determinate counfel and foreknowledge of 
God, ye have taken, and by wicked hands have crucified and (lain. 
Chap. iv. 17 ,28. For of a truth againft thy holy child Jefus, whom 
thou haAaJiointed, both Herod end Pontius Fi.'ate, with the Gentiles, 



JTart ill. the Believer's jtcsddir. 23^ 

To duty fcldom I adhere (r), 
Yer to the end I perfevere (/). 
1 die and rot beneath the clod (j), 
Yet live and reign as long as God (0* 

SECT. XI. 

The My fiery of Christ, his names } natures, and 
offices. m 

Y Lord appears; awake, my foul, 
JL Admire his name, the Wonderful (<?)-, 

and the people of Ifiatl were gathered together, for to do vvhatfc 
ever thy hand and thy counfel determined before to be done. 

(q) tiof. v. ii. Ephraina is oppreiled, and broken in j idgrr.er.r? 
beeaufe lie willingly walktd after the commandment. % C.r. viii. it, 
n. Now therefore perform the doing of it ; that as there was a 
rendir.eis to will, fo there ma) be a performance alio out of that 
which you have. For if there be firft a willing mind it is accept- 
ed according to that a man h-th, and uot according to t^at he bath 
not. 

(r) PfaU cxix. 176". I have gone affray like a loQ Oieep. feck thy 
fcrvant : or I do not forget thy commandments. 

([) Heb. x 39. Bu we are not of them who draw hack onto 
p< r^nion ; but of them that believe, fo the laving of the foui. 

(j) Pfal. xc. 3. Tnou turntft H)H to dcil:u;ftion : and £Uy ft, Re 
turr>, ye children of men. 

(/) John v. 24. Vfily verily T £ay unto you, Ke that hearrfK 
my word and belitvcth on him that fent me, hath evtrUftin* lifl,. 
and (ball not come into cor>d<viuik>tion, but is pj(Jl*d from death 
onto life Rev. iii. 21. To him that overconseth will 1 grant to 
fit with me i;. my throne, even as I aifo overcanae, and am fet 
down with my Father in his throne. Chap, xxii 5. And there 
fuali be no night t'aerr, and they need no candle, neither li^ht oi the. 
fun ; f r the L.rd God giveth thtra light : and they ilull reigp fur 
ever and ever. 

(./) If. ix. C. For fattn as a child is born, unto us a fon is given, 
and the govtr »ment (ball be upon his faftddti 1 : and his name foaii 
be called Wond.ifuJ. 

K 6 Am 



2^4 GOSPEL SONNETS, 

An infinite and finite mind O). 

Ktrrnity and time conjoin'd (c) 

'/he tverlafting Father ftyl'd, 

Yet laiely born, the virgin's child (d), 

In or father he, nor mother had, 

Yet full with both relations ciad (/)! 

JUis titles differ and accord, 

As David's fon, and David's Lord ()9. 

Through earth and hell how conqu'ring rode 

The dying man, the rifing God (g) ! 

(V) Pfil. cxlvii. 5. Great is our Lord, and of great power: his 
unc.eil'ancing is infinite. Luke ii. si. And J'fus increafed in wif- 
dnm and (tattire, and in favour with God and man. 

(c) Gal. iv. 4. But when the fulncfs of the time was come, God 
lint forth his Son made of a woman, made under the la-w. 

(d) If ix. 6. For unto us a child is born- : and r is name (hall 
he called -The everlafting Father. *Mat\h. i. 23. BehoKj, a vir- 
gin (h jii be with child, and {"ball bring forth a ion, and ihey (hall 
cali his name Emmanuel, which bang m erprctcd, is, God wiih 
us 

(e) Hch. v'i. 3. For this Metchifed«c — without father, without mo- 
ther, without defter. 1,. having neither beginning of days, nor end of 
fife; but made like unto the Son of God, abideth a priefr, continu- 
ally. Luke ii. 48,49. And when they few him, they were amazed : 
and his mother laid unto him, Son, why haft thou fhus dealt with 
us? behold thy father and I have f ught thee lorrouing. Ai,d he 
faid unto them, How is it that ye fought mc? wiit ye not that I 
muit be about my Father's bufinefs ? 

(f) Matth. xxii. 4*, 4*, 43, 44. 4S- While the Pharifees were 
gathered together, jefus aiked them, faying, What think ye of 
Chti 1 ? whofe fon is he! They fay unto him, The fon of David. 
He faith unto them, How then doth David in fpirjt call him Lord, 
laying, The Lord lakh unto my Lord, Sit thou at my right hand 
till I make thine enemies thy fooifrool? If D^vid then call him 
Lord, how is he his fon r &c. 

(g) Vlaith xxi. 5. Tell ye the daughter of Zion, Behold, thy 
king cometh unto thee, meek, and fitting Upon an afs, and 8 colt 
the foSe of an afs. v. 8, 9. And a very great multitude fpreud 
their garments iu the way, others cut down branches from the 

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My nature is corruption doom'd (£) ; 
Yet, when my nature he afRim'd, 
He nor on him Oo drink the brook) (*') 
My perfon nor corruption took (k) t 
Yet he aflum'd my fiaand guilt (/), 
For which the noble blood was fpilt. 

trees and iirewed them in the way. A. a die malt it odes lhaf 
went' before, and that followed, crytd, Cspi g. Hufanna to the ion 
of David : Blefled is he that cometii in the name of the Lord, Ho- 
i'diina in the bigncft. v. u. And J.fus went into the temple of 
Gcd and caft out all them that fold and fcx^ght in the temple, and 
overthrew the tables of the money-cii»s gers, and the feats of them 
that fold doves. Col. ii. \$ And having (poiied principalities and 
powers, he made a (hew of them openly, triumphing over them 
in it [his crofs] Rom. iv* z$. Jeius our Lord was delivered for 
our offences, and was railed again for our j unification. Ef-b. iv, 
8. Wherefore he [David] faith, When he afcended up on high, 
he led c-iptivky captive, and gave gifts unto mu>. Rom. i. 4. Je- 
fus Cliri(t our Lord was declared to be t:.e Son of God with power 
according to the fptrit of holincfs, by the re/uructLn from the 

(h ) Fph iv. 1*. Put off concerning the former convention, the 
©Id man, which is corrupt according to the deceitful lulls. 

(1) Pfal. ex. 7. He rhall drink of the brook in the way : there- 
foielhailheliltupthehead. 

(k) Row. viii. 3. God lent his own Son, in the likenefs of finful 
fttftj and for fin condemned fin in the fkfh. John i. 14. And the 
Word was made flelh, and dwelt among us (and wc beheld his glo- 
ry the g'cry as of the only begotten of the Father) full of grace^ 
and truih. Luke i. 35- And tne angel anf*ered and laid unto Ma- 
ry, The Holy Gholt (hall come upon thee, and the power oi the 
Higheft lh-11 ovtrfhadow thee: therefore that holy thing which 
fhall be bom of thee, lhali be called the Son of God. Heh. ii itf. 
For verily he took not on him the nature of angels; bat he took 
on him the feed of Abraham. Chap vii. 16, 17. For fuch an 
high pri^ll became us, who is holy, harmless, undefiled, feparatefrom 
finners, and made higher than the heavens; who needeth not daily, 
as thole high prielts, to offer up facriftce, firft for his own fins, and 
then for the people's: for this he did once, when he offered up 
himfelf 

(7) If. Bit. €, All we like &ecp have gone aftray : wc hayc turn- 
ed 



2q6 GOSPEL SONNETS. 

Great was the guilt-o'erflowing Hood, 
The creature's and Creaior's blood (w) ! 
The Chief of chiefs amazing came O), 
To bear the glory and the (hame (o) ; 
Anointed Chief with oil of joy (/»), 
Crown'd Ghicf with thorns of (harp annoy (f). 
I white aod ruddy face 

Roft 6 ftnve for place (r) j 

e3 every one fa bis ow^ way, au.t tbi? s.o d ■ al bid on Ifim the 
[rtiquit) ol as ill x Oft. v ai p«d hath made Chri] to be iln 
few us, wh.q knew no li ii . th^f . c m gnt be txiade the ng .t.orri e-fs 
of G d in him M .-'./,*/« xx 28 I he Sop. ')f man came togivehis- 
lifc a ran ton j For many. 

(w) ftw« n:.i5 Vv T om God hath fet forth to be a propitiation, 
through faith in is blood, to declare his rigiveoufneft for tne re- 
miHion of 6ns that at- p*fl through the forbearance of God. ^#j 
2cx 18. Feed the church o GoJ,. which he -hath purchafed uirh 
his ;Wh hi -;t'. 1 Pel !.. iH, 19. Forafmurh a.s \e know that ye 
were not t#A*ieta d with c rruptible things, as filvcrand grid, from 
jour vain convi.fation received by tradition from your fathers; 
but with ths precious blood of Ch rill, as of a Lamb without hle- 
mith and without; ;por. 1 John iii 16 Hereby perceive we the love 
of God. becauie he hath laiJ down his life for us, 

(>;) Rem. i. 4 5 Grace be unto you, aud peace from J<&» 

Chrift, who is the fa "thful witness, and the ferit begotten of the 
dead, and the prince ©f the kings of the earth. 

(0) Zrch.vi n, 13 Behold the man whofe nameisthe BRANCH, 
— he (hail build the temple of the Lord, and he fhall bear the glo- 
ry, heb xii. z. Jefus, for the ] >y that was ict before him, en- 
dured the crofs* defpifing the fname, &c. 

(70 ^'- xlv. 7 Thou lovefl rightconfnefs, and hateft wicked* 
r.tfs: therefore Gcd, thy God, hath anointed thee with ih* cii of 
giadnefs above thy fellows. 

(a) Matih. xxvii. 29. And when they had plaited a crown of 
thorns, they put it upon his he^d, and a reed in his right hand : 
and they bowed the knee b,iore him, and mocked him faying, 
Hail king of the Jews. 

(r) Song, ii 1. I am the rofe of Sharon, and the lily of the val 
lies. Chap, v :o. h\y Ulov>d is white and rv>d<'y, the chief c& 
among ten tb«l&fi2, 



Pa sit III. The Believer's Riddle. 207 

The morning- fhr, thf rifing fun, 
"With equal ipeed and iplenclor run (J). 
How glorious is tbe church's head, 
The (on of God, the woman's feed (*) I 
How fearchlefs is his noble clan (/) 
The firft, the laft, the lecond man (» ! 
With equal brightnefs in his face, 
Shines divine juftice, divine grace (v); 

ff\ Rev xxi. 16. I [J c *i ,: 3m t ^' t x 9° l a >d f he offtprtn* r»f 
DjviJ, and ti e bright a id morning ftar V^. iv. i B 11 ui cd .on- 
thai fear rny name, (ball the ion of f igbtroufnefti ^nf- with [.cji : "g 
in his wing*-; and ye li.all go forth and gu>w > p as calves of the 

(hit. 

(s) Co/ 1 1 8 And Chtift is t!:e h*3d of the body, the ch< 
who-is the begmninj rn fr m th< i dsfcd ; that i a'lihings 

he, might have the preeminence. John iii 16 Go- il> loved the 
world, t!.at he gave his only begoueri Sod, t ..: *•! -m ever hJiev- 
eth In Mm, mould n t rfcrHb, bnt have everiaftiog Lfc. 0« il i - 1$. 
And 1 [the Lord God] will put enmity between tbee and the wo- 
man, and between ih) i e.: and her iced : it lhaii bruife thy head* 
and thou lhalt broife his I eel, 

(/) IfAw. 8 He was tak.n from pr'ifrn and f r m judgment: 
and who (hall declare his generation ? Prov xxx. 4 v\ ho hath a- 
(bended up ; nto heav n, or dticended* 1 who hath gathered the wind 
in his fi ts ? who hath bound the waters in a garment ? who hath 
eft<ibli(hed all the ends of the earth? what is his name, and what is 
his fon's name, if thou canir t 11 

(a) Rev. in. I am Alpha and Omega, the firft and the lad. 
j Cor. xv. 4$. The lait Adam was made a quickening fp.rit. v. 47. 
The fecond man is the Lord from heaven. 

(v) x CorAv. 6. Far God who commanded the light to (hine out 
of darknefs, hath mined in our hearts, to give the light of the 
knowledge of the glory of God, in the face of Jefus drift. Rom. 
iii. 14, 15, zC. B.ing jultified freely by his gra'.e, through the re- 
demption that is in Jefus Chrift : vhom God hath let forth to be 
a propitiation through faith in his blood, to declare his riohttouf- 
nefs for the rcmifiion of fins that are pad, through the forbearance 
of God ; to declare, 1 f*y. at this lime his nghteoufnefs : that he 
might be juft, and the juOifier of him which believeth in Jefus. 
Kfb. i. 6, 7. To the praif? ©f the giory of his grace wherein he 

luth 



2o5 GOSPEL SONNETS. 
The jarring glories kindly meet, 
Stern vengeance, and companion fweet (w). 

God is a Spirit, feems it odd 
To ling aloud the blood of God (x) : 
Yea, hence my peace and joy refuit, 
And here my iafling hope is buiit (y). 

Love through his blood a vent hath fought,. 
Yet divine love was never bought: 
Mercy could never purchas'd be, 
Yet evVy mercy purchas'd he (z). 

hath made us accepted in the beloved ? in whom we have redemption^ 
through his blood, the forgiveucfs of fins, according to the richer 
of his grace. 

(w) Rom. v. ao, ar. Rut where fin abounded, grace did much 
mere abound : that as fm bath i signed unto death, even fo might 
grace reign through righteoufoefs vmto eternal lift, by J>fus (Thrift 
our Lord. Pfal lxxx. xo. Mercy and truth are met together : 
rightcoufnefs and peace have kiiT.-d each other. 

(a*) John iv. 24. God is a Spirit, and they that worfhip him, 
muft worfhip him in fpirit and in truth Acts xx a8. Feed the 
church of God, which he hath purchafed with his own blood. 

(y) Worn. v.i. Therefore being justified by faith, we have peace 
with God through our Lord Jefus Chrift. v. to. For if when we 
were enemies, we were reconciled to God by the death of his Son : 
much more being reconciled, we (hall be faved by his life. 1 Pet. 
'in. 15. Be ready always to give an anfwer to every man that afk- 
eth you a reafon of the hope that is in you, with meeknefs and tear, 
v. 18. For Chrift alfo hath once fufTered for fins, the juft for the 
unjuft, (that he might bring us to God), bang put to death in the 
fltfh, but quickened by the SpiritT 

(z) Bom v. p. Much more then being now juflified by his blood, 
we (hall be faved from wrath through him. v. ai. Stc kiltr (u). 
John iii. 16". God Co loved the world, that he gave his only begot- 
ten Son, that whofor.ver b.lievcih in ',irn, mould not perilh, but have 
cvcrlafting life. Rom. ix. 15. God faith to Mofes, 1 will have mer- 
cy on whom I will have mercy, and I will have coiiipafllon on 
whom I will have comp^/lion. Eph, i 3 Blcfled be the God aid 
Father of our Lord Jclus (Thrift, who hath blcfT.d us wilh all i£i- 
liiuaL bkflirgs in heavenly flaces in ChiiiL. 



j^art III. The Believers Kiddle. 209 

His triple (ration brought my peace, 
The Aitar, Prieli, and Sacrifice Gv) ; 
)-lis triple office evVy thing, 
My Pritft, my Prophet is, and King(i)." 

This King, who only man became, 

Is both the Lion and the Lamb (c); 

A King of kings, and kingdoms broad (d) ; 

A fervant both to man and God (e-). 

(a) Heb. xiii. 10. We have an altar whereof they have no right 
to tat, which ferve the tabcrnacL. Chap. ii. 17. Wherefore in all 
things it behoved him to be made like unto his brethren; that he 
might be a merciful and faithful high prklt, in things psrtaining 
to God, to make reconciliation for the fins of the people. Chap. 
ix. z6. But now or.ee in die end of the worid, hath Chrift appear- 
ed to put away fin by the faciifice of l.imfelf. 

(/>) ABs vii. 37. This is that Moles which fuJ unto the children 
of Jfrael, A prophet (hall the Lord your God raile up unto you of 
your brethen, like unto me; him (hall ye hear. If. xxxiii. xi. The 
Lcrd is our judge, the Lord is our lawgiver, the Lord is our king, 
he will lave us. 

(c) 1 Jim. Hi. 1 6. And without controverfy, great is the myftery 
of goolinels : God was manifelt in the fleth, &c. Rev. v. 5, 6. And 
one of the elders faith unto me [John], Weep not : behold, the 
Lion of the tribe of Juda, the root of David, hath prevailed to o- 
pen ihe book, and to loofe the feven feals thereof. And I beheld, 
and lo, in the midli of the throne, and of the four beads, and la 
the rr.idft of iha elders flood a Lamb as it had been lLir,, having 
fevtn horns, and fevea eyes, which are the feven Spirits of Gcd 
lent forth unto ail the earth, v. 12.. Worthy is the Lamb that 
was iliin, to receive power, and riches, and wifdom, and ftreogth, 
a.id honour, and glory and blelling. 

(d) Rev. xix. 16. And he [the Word of God] hath on his ven- 
ture and on his thigh a name written, KING OF KINGS, AND 
LORD OF^LORDS. //. xxxvii. i Sj 16. And Hezekiah prayed 
unto live Lord, fa>ing, O Lord of holts, God of Ifnel, that dweii- 
tft between the etierubims, thou art the God, even thou alone, of 
all the kingdoms of the earth, thou halt n^ade heaven and earth, 
Rev. xi. 15. And the ilventh angel founded, and there were great 
voices iu heaven, %ing, 3Th* kingdoms of diU world are become 

the 



2i.o GOSPEL SONNETS. 

This Prophet kind himfdf has fee 
To be my book and alphabet, 
And ev'ry needful letter plain, 

Alpha , Omega, and Amen (j ). 

SECT XII. 

The my fiery of the Believers mixed flat e further 
enlarged ; and his getting good but of evil* 

i Ehold, I'm all defied with fin O), 
Yet lo, all glorious am within (6). 
In Egypt and in Gcfhen dwell (c) ; 
Still movelefs, and in motion Hill \tfy 

the kingdoms of our Lord and of his Chrtft, and he Ih&il reign for 
ever and ever. 

( ) Watth. xx. z8. The Son of man came not to be miniflred 
unto, but to rmniiter, and to give his life aranfom for many. Phi- 
lip- ii 7 Chriit Jtfus made him elf of no reputation, and took upon 
him the form of a frrvat.t, and was made in the likentfs of men. 
If. x'li. i. Behold my (ervant whom I uphold, mine cleft In whom 
n.y foul dfcliahteth Chap liii. u. tiy his knowledge mail my righ- 
teous fervant juftify many. 

Cf) Rev i 8. I am Alpha and Omega, the begin ring and the 
ending, 'faith the Lord, whkh is, and which was, and which is to 
cou.e, the Almigl ty. v.ri. I am Alpha and Omega, the hrfl; and 
the laic: and, What thou [John] fedr, write in a "book, and f.nd 
it unto the feve» churches which, arc in A&a; Chap xxi. 6. I am 
Alpha and Omega, the b.gim.ing and the end : i vviil give unto 
him that is athirir, of the fountain of the water of life freely. 
Chap xxii, 13. I am Alpha a: d Omega, the beginni, g znd the 
end, the firft and t! c Lift. Chap. Hi 14. And unto the angd of 
the church of tlie Laodicean s, write thefe things faith the Amen, 
the faithful and true witnefs, the beginning of the creation of Gud> 
&c. 

(«) If. Jxiv. 6. But we arc all as an unclean thing, at.d all our 
■fight eonfneik s are as filthy rags. 

lb) Pfii. xlv. 1$. The king's daeghteriiaH glorious within: her 
clothi ig is of wrought gold. 

(c) Vjal cxx. 5, <5. Wo is mc, that I foioum in Mcfccfr, that I 

AroU 



Part III. The Bi litvcr y s Riddle. 2 ? I 

Unto the name that moil I dread. 
I flee with joyful wings and fp^ed (r). 
My daily hope does moft depend 
On him I daily moft offend (f). 
All things 2g3inft me are conbin'd, 
Yet working for my good I find (g). 
I'm rich in midlr of poverties O), 
And happy in my miferies (/>. 

Oft 

dwell in the tents of Kedar. My foal bath long dwelt with him 
that hatcth peace, xvi. 5, 6 The Lord is the portion of mfcic in- 
heritance, and of my cup: thou maintained my lot. The lints arc 
fallen unto me in ple'.fant places; yea, I have a go ~*y heritage. 

(d) 1 Cor. xv. 58 Therefore, my beioved brethren, be ye fted- 
faft, immoveable, aUa;,s abounding in the work of the Lord, for- 
aimuch as ye know that your labour is not in v<dn in the Lord. 

(e) ?ja\. exfiii 1. O Lord, enter not into judgment with thy 
fervant : tor in thy fight Ihall no man living be juli tied. v. 6 Deli- 
ver me, O Lord, from mine enemies: I flee unto thee to hide me. 

(f) ?M * xv - »|- F° r th y name's lake, O Lord, pardon mme 
iniquity : for it is great. Jer. *iv 7. O Lord, though cur ir/.quU 
tLs, tt(tify againtt us, do thou it for thy name's fake : tor our 
b^ckfiidmgs are many, we have finned againfr thee. 

(l) Gen. xlii. 36. And Jacob their father faid unto them, Me 
Iwve ye bereaved of my children : Jofeph is not, and Simeon is 
pot, and ye will take benjamin away : all thefe things are againtl 
me. Eom. viii. 28. And u* know tl.at all things work together for 
good, to them that Lve G^u, to them *ho aie the called accord* 
Lig to his purp-jfe. 

(h) Rev. ii. 8, 0. And unto the angel of the chureh of Smyrna, 
Write, Thefe things faith the firU and the lafr, which was dead, 
and is alive; 1 k.;ow thy works, and tribulation, and poverty, 
(but thou art rich). 

(i) Rom\ v. 3. 4, 5 And not only fo, but we glery in ttfcula- 
tioosarfq, knowing that tribulation workeih patience, and patience, 
experience : and experience, hope: a«d hope makcth not a'hamed, 
beeaufc the love of God is (hed abroad in our hearts, by the Holy 
Gi.^t which is given unto u«. a. Cor. xii. 10. Therefore 1 [PaulJ. 
tuke pLafu»-c in ii fun ities, in repioaches, iu iiccV&iics, in ptrfecu- 
tions, in QilirciRs tor ChriU'.* fake : for when I *x* weak, then am 
I tew%. 



2 12 GOSPEL SONNETS. 

Oft my Comforter fends me grief, 
My Helper fends me no relief (/•). 
Yet herein my advantage lies, 
That help and comfort he denies (£). 

As feamfters into pieces cut 
The cloth they into form would put, 
He cuts me down to make me up, 
And empties me to nil my cup (w). 

I never can myfelf enjoy, 
Till he my woful felf deftroy; 
And mod of all myfelf I am, 
"When moft I do myfelf difclaim (w). 

(k) Lam. i. 1 6. For theft things I weep, mine eye. mine eye 
runneth down with water, becaufc the comforter that lb*,"™ relieve 
my foul, is Far from me. If xlv. 15. Verily thou art a Ged that 
bideft thyfelf, O God of ifral thefaviour. 

(/) If. xxx. 18 And therefore will the Lord wait, that he may 
te gracious unto you. and therefore will he be exalted, that he may 
have mercy upon you : for ihe Lord is a God of judgment ; blcf- 
fed arc all they they that wait for him. 

(tn) Hof. v. 15. I will go and return to my place, till they ac- 
knowledge their offence, and feck my face : in their affliction they 
will feck me early. Chap. vi. 1, x. Come and let us return unto 
the Lord : ftr he hath torn, and he will heal us : he hath fmitten, 
aud he will bind us up. After two days will he revive us, in the 
third day he will raife us up, and we (hall live in his fight. Pfal. 
cvii. 9 God falisfieth the longing foul, and filleth the hungry foul 
with goodnefs. Luke i. 53. Aud Mary faid, — He hath filled the 
hungry with good things, and the rich lie hath fent empty away. 

(«) Luke ix. 13, z 4 . And Jefts faid to them all, If any man wjtt 
come after me, let him deny him felf, and uke up his crofs daily, 
and feilow me. For whomever will fave his life, (hall lofe it : but 
whofoevcr will lofe his life for my fake, the dmc mall fave it. Rom. 
viii 13. If ye live after the Beth; ye (hall die, but if ye through 
the Spirit do mortify the deeds of the body, yc ihail live, 1 Cor, 
m. to. See letter (i), 

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Part III. The Believer s Riddle. 213 

I glory in infirmities (*), 

Ytr d.iiiy am aiham'd of ihefe (p) : 
Yea, all my pride gives up cheghbft, 
When once I but begin to boalt (y). 

My cherniftry is moft exaft, 
Heav'n out of hell I do extracl (r) ; 

(0) 1 Cor xii. Moft gladly therefore will T rather glory in my 
infirmities, that thr power of Chrift may reft upon m:. 

(/>) Pfd. ixxiii. 15, 16. If I fay, I will fpeak thus ; behold, T 
HrwlJ cfFi-nd againft the generation of thy children. When I 
thought to kno* this it was too painful for me. lxxvii. 8, 9, 10. 
Is his mercy clean gene f»r ever? doth his promifc fail f r ever- 
more? hath God forgotten to be gracious? hath he in anger (but 
up his tender mercies? Se!ah. Aad I faid, This is my infirmity : 
but I will remember the years of the right hand of the Moft High* 
{q) If. xlv. 24, 15 Surely, ftlal one fay, in the Lord have I ri^h- 
teoufnefs and (hength : even to him (hill men come, and ail that 
are incenled againft him, fhali be alhamed. In the L' rd fhall all 
the feed of ifrael be jnfttfied* and mall glory. P/al. xliv 6. I will 
not tru!l in my bow, neither fhall my fword Uvc me. v. 8. In God 
we bf>aft all the day long : and praife thy name for ever. Selah . 

(r) Jonah ii. 1, 1. Then Jonah prayed unto the Lord his God 
out of the fiuYs belly, and faid, 1 cried by reaibn of mine uiHicticn 
unto the Lord, and he heard me ; out of the belly of hell cried f, 
and thou heardft my voice, v 4. Then I faid I am call out of 
thy fight ; yet T will look again toward thy holy temple. Matth. 
xv, 16, 17 18. But Jcfus an{*ered and faid [unto the woman of 
Canaan^, Jt is not meet to take th« childrens bread, and to cart it 
to dogs. And (he faid, Truth, Lord : yet the dogs eat of the 
cmnbs which fall from their matter's table. Then Jefus anfvercd 
aofl faid unto her O woman, great is thy faith : be it unto thee 
even as thou wilt. And her daughter was made whole, from that 
very hour. Pfol xlii. 6\ 7, 8. <) my God, my foil is call down 
within me: therefore will J r- member thee from the land of Jor- 
dan, and of the Heroonitts, from the hill M : zar. Deep calleth 
unto deep, at the nofe of thy water fpouts: all thy waves and thy 
billows are gone over me. Yet the Lord will command his loving- 
kiodnefs in the day time, and in the night his fong fhall be with 
me, and any prayer uniu the Gcd of my life, 

This 



%i 4 GOSPEL SONNETS, 

This art to me a tribute brings 
Of ufeful out of hurtful things (f). 

I learn to draw well our of woe, 
And thus to difappoint the foe (j) : 
The thorns that in my rleih abide 
Do prick the tympany of pride (/). 

By wounding foils the field I win, 
And (in itfelf deftroys my fin (£) : 
My Sufts break one another's pate, 
And each corruption kills its mate (v). 



Ifmett 



(I) Rom. v. 3. 4, f+ See letter (\), 

f i) Mlcah vii. 8. R< j ice not again fr r?>e. O rmnc enemy : when 
] fall, I ih.iJ arii'e; when 1 (it in dark u eft, the Lord fcall be » 
light onto me, 

(/) x C^r xH 7. And left J fhould be exalted above meaflire 
chro-iih the abundance of the revelation, there was given to me a 
thorn in the ft &, the mcf&ngcr of Satan to buffet me, left I fttould 
be exalted at«bve rneajfjrre 

(») #0/m. vin. 35. 37. Who fhall feparate us from the love of 
jCbritl ? fed! tribulation, or diflrcis, or pesfeeuti >n, or famine, or 
pakedncfs, or peril, or ilvori? Na/, in a$l thtfc things we are more 
than conquerors, through him that loved us. PfaL lxv. 3. Iniqui- 
ties prevail again ft r»e: as for our tranigrtllions. th-m Jhalt purge 
ihem away. * Chron. xxxii 14, %$ t 1^. In thole days Hezekiah 
was fick to the death, an J pra\ ed unto the Lord: an d he fpoke 
unto him, a'nd he gave him a ftgn. Bur Hezekiab rendered nor a- 
jrairt according to the benefit done unto "him, and upon JuJah and 
Jerufalr-m. Notwithstanding, Hezekiah humbled himf If for the 
pride of his heart, (both he an J the inhabitants of Jerofak-m), h 
that the wrath of ihe Lord came not upon them iu the da^s of 
Jtfezekiah.. 

(v) Rom. vii.- 7, 8, 0. What ma!) v** fay then ? If the law (In? 
God forbid. Nay, J had not known fin, out by the law : for I 
bad not known luff, except the Uw had laid, Thou ftnk not covet, 
But fin takkig occafion by the commandment, wrought in me all 
■lanner of c incupifcence. For without the law fin was dead For 
1 was aijve without the law once : but wheo tbe jcooamandrt ent 



Part III. The Believer's Riddle. ti$ 

I fmell the bait, I feel the harm 

Of corrupt ways, and take in alarm. 

1 tajle the bittcrnefs or fin, 

And then to reliih grace begin (-u>). 

I bear the fools profanely talk, 

Thtnce wiidom learn in word and walk (x) : 

5n revived, and I d ! cd. t;. it. For fn taki;>^ occafjon Uy 
i\ e .ommjnd.vunt, derived me, and by it fl.w me. v i$ Was 
the:: t' a: which is good, made death im o me ? God forbid: But 
fm that it might appear fin, working d^th in me by that which is 

that (in by t ; >e commandment nii«! t become exceeding (infill. 

you fee t e figtt and feiling of fin killed (elf. John ix 39, 40, 4 1 . 
And Jefus laid, For judgment I m come into this world : t a; t<»ey 
which fee not, m.ghi Tec; and that; hey which fe. , m : ;;ht be ma.<e 
blind. A d fame of the Pharisees which were with him, h^ard thtfe 
words, and { id unto him, Arc we blind 3II0? Jehis laid unto them, 
If ye wee blind, ye ihould h.ve no fin: but now ye Ay, We ice; 
therefore your Tin r. malheth. PfL lix, 1 1. Slay them not, leil my 
people forget : letter them by thy povvcr ; and br s ng thim Joan, 
O Lord our lh'cld. Mctlb xivi 33 34. Peter anfwered and (aid 
\jn^> him, 1 hough ail men ihail be offended becaufc of thee, ).t 
will ! never be offended. Jcius laid unto him, Vcily I fjy imto 
tliee. ihat this night before the c ck Crow, thou (halt deny me thrice. 
v. 75- And Peter remembered the words of J fus w ; i;h ia a u- to 
bim, Before the cock *.row, thou (halt dcuy me thuce. A. id he 
Went o t and wept bitterly . 

(7i') Rotn, vi. :i, What fruit had ye then in thofe th-'n,;*, wherr- 
©f ye arc not* a{ha;rscd? for the end of thoic drags isdeatn. i'fuh 
x ix. It. Moreover, by them [the judgments of ihe Loiu J is thy 
fuvant warned : aid in kctping of mem there is £rc<it regard. 
lxxiii. 17, 18, 19. Until 1 went into the fanclu.»ry of God ; 
undirftood I their end. Surely thou did»t fet them in rtippery pla- 
ces : thou caftedft them down into dcltruclion. How are t.-ey 
brought into ddbl.tion in a moment; they are DtK-rly conJum.-el 
with terrors. Jer ii. 19 Ti ii.e own wiekeJnels ihali cu*Tr?£t thce % 
nd thy b3ckfl dings (h-!l reprove thee: kn >w therefore 3i>J fet; 
th t it is an evil thing and bitter, that thou halt forfaktn the Lorfl 
tl y God, and that nay fear is not in th.., faith the JL>rd Goi 
ks. 
J9I xxi. 1 3 , 14, 15. They f-enJ their days h wealth, an J 

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2 16 GOSPEL SONNETS. 

I fee them throng the pafTage broad, 
And learn to take the narrow road (y\ 

SECT. XIII. 
Themyftery of the faints adverfaries and advtr fines. 

A Lump of woe affliction is, 
Yet thence \ borrow Jumps of blifs {a) : 
Though few can fee a biefling in't, 
It is my furnace and my mint (£). 

Its 

In a moment go down to the grave. Therefore they fay unto God, 
Depart from us ; for we defire not the knowledge of thy ways, 
What is the A mighty, that we (honU ferve him ? and what profit 
Siould we have if we pray u to him ? Epb. iv. ao,n,xx. Bnt )e 
have, not fo harried Chrilt, if Co bt that you have heard him, and 
have been taught hy him, as the trath is in Jtfus : that ye put off 
concerning the former converfation, the old man, which is corrupt 
according to the deceitful lufts. Chap v 6, 7, 8. Let no man 
deceive you with vain words; fur becaule of thefe thing- corn eth the 
wrath of God upon the children of tiifobedience. Be not ye t? ere- 
f- re partakers with then. For ye were fometimes darknefe b:»t 
now are ye in li°ht in the Lord; walk, as children of light v. 11. 
And have no fellow (hip with the unfruitful works of darknefs, but 
rather reprove them 

(j) Miiitb. vii. 13, 14 Enter ye in at the (trait oate ; for wide 
is the gate, and broad is th? way that leadcth to deflruclmn, and 
many thrre be which go in thereat ; becaufe rtrait is the gate and 
narrow is the way that leadeth unto life, and few there be that 
fkid it. 

(a) Hcb. x;i. it. "Now no chaining fo/ the prefent ftemeth to 
be joyous, but grievous: nevertheLTs afterward it yicldeth the peace- 
abL fruit of righteouf itfs, nr.to them which are exerctfed thereby. 
James i. ix. Biffed is the man that endureth temptation : for when 
he is tried, he frail receive the crown of Ihe, which the Lord hath 
promifed to them that love him. 

(b). If. Xxxi. 9. And he [the Aflyrian] (hall pafs over to his ftrong 
hold for fear, and h\s princes (hill be afraid of the cnfign, faith the 
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Part III. The Bctievtr's Middle. 217 

Its fharpnefs does my lulls difpatch (c) ; 

Its (uddennefs alarms my watch (d); 

Its bitternefs refines my tafte. 

And weans me from the creature's bread 0).; 

Its weighiipefi doth try my back, 
That faith and pacience be not Hack (/} : 
It is a fanning wind, whereby 
Tarn unchaft'J of vanity (g). 

A furnace to refine my grace (£), 
A wing To lift my foul apace (i) ; 
Hence Hill the more I fob diftreit, 
The more 4 fing my endlefs reft (*). 

Mine 

( ) PfX xV j. Thine arrows a e (harp in the heart cf the king's 
enemus; whereby the people faiJ ur-oer thee. 

{d) Mark xii. 35, 30", 37. Watch ye therefore, (for ye know n^t 4 
whtii ihe matter, of the houfe corqeth ; at even, or at midnigh^ 
or at the cock -1 rowing, or in the morning), left coming fad d nl/ 
he find yo'J ftccping* And whai I fay unto you, I fay unto ; «i, 
Watch 

{:) Jer. ii. 19. Sti letter (w) forecited. Chap. iv. t9. Tbt way 
an J tny doinos have procured thefe things unro thee, this is thy 
vuckidruf,, becaufe it is bitter, becaufe it reachcth unto »hine hearr. 

CO J am<fi l i » 3 4- MLy brethren, count it all joy when ye faU 
into avers ttmptatior.-s; knowing this, that 'the trying ofyourfaitn 
woik ■ th patience, Lkit let panence have her petfecl work, that ye 
may be perfect and entire, wearing nothing. 

(.*) If. xx- ii. 8, 9. In mealurc when it ihooteth forth, »bou wilt 
hebate \'ith it; he (iayitli his lou^h u.iid in the day of the eaft- 
wind. By this therefore (h ii the iniquity of Jacob be purged, arH 
tins is all the trait to take away his Un. 

(h) Mai iii 3. And rfe [the mcfenger of the covrnanr] fh;!' Ot 
as a refiner ana purifier of filver : and he r hali purfv the Ions of 
Levi, and pwr£t them as gold and filver, tha-i they may offer \u\\q 
the Lord »n offering in righetonfhefs. 

(i) 90, <xl ii. 9. Deliver mo, O Lor-!, from mine CDerric : I 
flee unto thee to hide me. 

». Car. iv. t«, 17. For which eaufe we faint not, but tbcugh 
k *rjr 

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Z 18 . GOSPEL SONNETS. 

T.'tne enemies that feek my hurt, 

Of all their bad defigns come fhort (/) ; 

They fcrve me duly to my mind, 

With favours which they ne'er defignM (m). 

The fury of my foes makes me 

Fait to my peaceful refuse flee (//) ; 

And ev'ry perfecntine elf 

Does make me underftand myfelf (o). 

#nr outward man perifh, yet the inward man is renewed dav by 
clay. For our light affliction, which is but for a moment, workctli 
for us a far more exceeding and eternal weight of gbry. 

(7) PfJ. xxx'.ii. 10. The Lord bringeth the counfel of the hea- 
then to nought : he maketb the devices of the people of none ef- 
fetf. 

(w) Gen. 1. 10. And Jofepb fuid unto his brethren— -As for yon, 
ve thought evil againtl-me : but God meant it unto good, to bring 
to pafs, as it is this day, to lave much people alive 

(») Vjal lv. >}. But thou, O God, (halt bring them down into 
he pit cf dcftruOion : bloody and deceitful men (hall not live ouf 
slf thtir days, but I will ixMi in thee. 
• (9) My Jin. Jf. xlii. 24 Who gave Jacob for a fpoil, and Jfrael 
fo the robbers? did not the Lord, he againfl whom we have fin- 
red ? for they would not walk in his ways, neither were they obe* 
dlfrtr unto his law. My du*y. % Sam. xvi. 11, n. And David faid 
fjj Abifhai, and to 3II his fervan f s, Behold my (on which came forth 
•f my bowels ieekah my life: how much more now may rl is 
lenjarrite do it ? let him alone, and let him curfe: for the Lord hath 
i'dden him. It may be that the Lord will look on mine affliction, 
snd that the Lord will requite me good for hircurfing this day. 
}Akah \\\. 8, 9 Rejoice not ag.iu/t me, O mine enemy : when 1 
fill, I fbal! arife ; m hen I fit in darknefs, the Lord mail be a light 
♦into me. I will bear the indignation of tie Lord, brrar.fe T have 
fnned against him, until he plead my caufe, and execute judgment 
1 V>r m? : he will bring me forth to the light, and I fhail b-.holil 
Hs righUoufnefs. Myfcfety, Fjal. ix. 9, 10. The Lordalfowil! be a 
frefu^e .for the oppreffed, a teiugc in times of trouble. And they 
that know thy name, will uut their truft in Hue : tor thou, Lord, 
k-ft »ot forfaken tjtiem that feek thee, v, 16 The Lord is knowu 
ky the judgment wfrch he esmiieth : the wicked is fnared in the 
wort ©f his ovira kanis, Ihgoaien, ScUb. 

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Their flinders cannot work my (Lame (/;, 
Their vile reproaches raife my name (7). 
In peace with Heav'n my foul can dwell, 
Ev*u when they damn me down to hell ('*)• 

Their fury can't the treaty harm (Q. 
Their palfion does my pity warm 0) : 
Their midnefs only calms my blood (/) ; 
By doin^ hurt, they do me good: 

They 

(/>) Pfil xxxi 1 3. 14. For I have heard the fLnder of many, 
far was on ever, Trie, while thry to, k counfcl together againl't me, 
they iLv fed |u take away my life. But I trufted in thee, O Lord : 
I i^id, I hou art my God. 

(q) 1 Pet. iv. 14. If ye b? reproached for the name of Chrift : 
hapj y are yc ; for the fpirit of glory and of God refteth upon you : 
on their part he is evil Ipoken of, but on your part he is glorified. 

(r) Isjwnb. xx'ii. 7, 8. And BaLam took up his parable arid faid 
Balak the king of Moab hath brought me from Aram, out of the 
mountains of the eaft, laying, Come, curie me Jacob, and come, dc 
fy llraci. How (hall I curfe, whom God hath not curfed ? or how 
(hall 1 defy, whom the Lord hath not defied ? v. 13. Surely rhcre 
is no imhuntmn t againil Jacob, neither is their any divination a 
% intt Ifrael : according to this time it (hall be fa:d of Jacob, and of 
Ifagf, v\ hat hath God wrought! 

ffj Prov. xxvi. %. As the bird by wandering, as the f* allow by 
fi; inj;, 16 the curfe caufelefs (hall not come. 

(j) 1 Pet, iii. 8, 9, Finally, be ye all of one mind, having com - 
portion one of another, love as brethren, be pitiful, be courteous: 
iv t rendering evil for evil, or railing for railing: button trariwife, 
biclfnig: knowing that ye are thereunto eallcd, that ye fhould inhe- 
rit a bklljng. 

(/) Pfal Ixix. i a, 13. They that fit in the gite fpeak againf! me 
and I was the fong of the drunkan's. but as fot me my prayer 
i c unto the, O Lord, in 2n acceptable time : O God; in the multi- 
tude of chy m^rcy hear me: in the truth of thy falvation. 

(») Gen. 1 10. See etta (m) fotedted. kjtberix. 10, ar a a, 
»3i *4 *5- And Vordecai wrote thek thing*, and fent letters un- 
to all the Jews that were in all the provinces of the *inj» Al.afiu- 
ros. both nigh and far, to ftabJiih this among them, that tbey 
ftouid keep ihe fourteenth iay of the nuuth Adax, *jx) the fif- 
L % tccnth 



220 GOSPEL SONNETS. * * 

They are rr.y fordid (laves I wet ; 

My drudges, though thev know it not (v) •. 

TIry 

teenth day f>£ the fame yearly : as the days wVrrcln the Jews rett- 
ed from their ercmies. an J the momh v.lreh was turned urto them 
from forrow to joy. and from mrurn'ng into a onod day ; that they 
fhould make them days of feaflibo and joy, ar»d of feeding portions 
ore to another, and <> 1 f ■ s to the-poor And the Jews undertook 
to do as they had begun, and as Mordecai had written unto them, 
Bccaufe Haman tbfl fop. of Hammedatha the Agagite, the enemy of 
ail the Jews, had devifed agair.ft the Jews to deftroy them, and had 
caft Pur (that is, the lot) to confume them, and to deftroy them : 
but when Either came before the king, he commanded by letters, 
that his wicked device which he devifed againft the Jews, (V»uld re- 
turn upon his own head, and that he and hisfons fliould he hanged 
on the gallows. 

(?r) Jer. xxv. 8. p. Therefore thus faith the Lord of hofts, Be- 
canfe ye have not heard my words, behold, I will fend and take all 
the families of the north, faith the Lord, and N^bnchadrezzer the 
Vtng of Bbylon my (ervant, and will bring them a^inft this land 
and againft the inhabitants thereof, and againft all thefc nations 
round about, and will utterly deftroy them, and make them an a- 
ftoniihment, and an hifTmg, and perpetual dcfolations. v. ix. And 
it (hall come to pafs when feventy years are ac.eomplilhed, that I 
will pnr.ifh the king of Bab) Ion, and that ration, faith the Lord, 
fr their iniquity, and the larnJ of the Chaldeans, and will make 
it perpetual dtfohtions. If % $* 6. O Aflyrian, the rod of mine 
2r»grr, and the (tiffin their band is mine indignation. 1 will knj 
him againft nn hypocritical nation ; and aga : r,ft the people of my 
wrath will 1 give him a charge to take the fpoil, and to ti.ke tbe 
prey, and to tread them down like the mire of the ftreets. v ix. 
Wherefore it mall come to p?fs, that when the 1 crd hath per- 
fumed his whole work upon mount Zion, and on JerufaUm, 1 will 
puniih the fruit uF the Oort heart of the king of AlTv ria, and the 
»lory of his high looks. Chap. x!iv. 24, 28. Thus faith the Lord 
jhy redeemer, and he th..t formed thee from tbe womb, I am the 
Lord — that faiih of Cyrus, He is my ftupherd, and frail peiform 
all my pleafure, even &ying to Jerufdlem, Thou fb^it be built ; and 
to the temple, Thy f und^tions fiiall be laid. Chap. xlv. 1. This 
faith the Lord to his anointed, to Cyrus, whole rght hand I base 
holder), to fubiue nations before 1 im •"arid I will loofc the bins « f 
ktn« to oper.>cfore l.kn the twc-leaved '£at^s, and the gates ffi* 11 



Tart III. Tie Believer's Riddle. Ill 

They a£i to ne a kindly part* 

With little kind&dTs in their heartiCsr). 

They Fwpcp my puttr houfe when foul, 
Yea, wath r.;y inner iilih oi'ioul (-^ : 
They help to pprge away my blot. 
Foe Mtub ij iii} w£&iftg p^: f^). 

SECT XIV. 

The my fiery of the -belikvkkV pardon and frcwi- 
t\f from t > ever.ging ivraih, nct\uilhjt x unding his 
Jiri* dejlrt. 

I Though fron condemnation free, 
* Fiji* iu<-^ cvii^ciiinuijki in me, 



not be fhut. x;. 4. For J^coh my fervant's Hike, an 1 Tfrael rr:ni 
cle^t. 1 have even caT.ed mee by thy name : 1 have fanameJ thee, 
though thou lialt not known me. 

(~df) Mitth. v. 10, 11, 11. BlclTed are they who are perfecuted 
fo* tighreoulnefs Take: for theirs is the kingd>m of heaven, \i\<.C- 
fed -re ye when men trull revile you, and perfecute you, and fcsH 
lay all manner of evil ag.nmt you lallety t\ji my fak.^. Rejoice, aui 
be exceeding gLd : tor great is your reward in heaven : tor lo per- 
flated they the proplieu which were bTore you. Lukev'i.ii, z>. 
BjcfTed arc ye when men Hull hate yo ', and wh.n they (lull fc pa- 
late you from the r company, and (hull reproach yon, and call out 
your name as evil, for trie Sou of nun's fake. Rejoice ye in that 
&*y % and leap tor j >y : for behold your reward is great in heaven : 
lor in the I.ke manner did then Fathers unto the prophet.. 

(*) U * v - 3, 4 5- And ii ihall come to pifs, that he that is left 
in Zion, and i.e th«s rcmaineth in jctuf.iem, ihali he ca;Ld holy, 
even every one- that is written among the living in Je<ufa!em : when 
tiie Lord ihali have warned a* ay the filth of tiie cau^ -tcrs of Zion, 
and ftlaii have purged the blood of JeruUiera from the midtt thcrc- 
of, by tiie iphit ut judgment, and by the fpiril of burning. And 
->rd vvill create upon every dwelling place of mount Zion, and 
np-m her a£',mbiu* ...cl-ud, and fmokc by day, and the ihinirg of 
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222 GOSPEL SONNETS. 

^s make more heavy wrath my due 

r \ han falls on ail che damned crew 0?). 

But though my crimes deferve the pit, 

I'm no more liable to it ; 

Remiffion feal'd with blood and death, 

Secures me from deferved wrath (£)• 

And having now a pardon free, 

To hell obnoxious cannot be, 

Nor to a threat, except * anent * about 

Paternal wrath and chaftifement(c). 

My 

a fhming fire by night : for upon all the glory (hall be a defence. 
Chap xxvii 9. By this thercioie lhalf the iniquity of Jacob be pur- 
ged, and this is all the fruit to tak- a*ay his fin; when In rnaketh 
at! toe fiones of the altar as cralk-ftoms that are Lcutcn in Under, the 
proves and foiftges ihali not Hand up. 

()') ?f ai% **. 8 * Mo.b is my wa(h pot, &c, 

(a) Row. viii. t. Tlurcis trurefnie row no condemnation to them 
\\Wv:\i sre in Chrlfl Jtfus, who walk not after the hVth, but after tie 
SnWit. Chap. vi : . i3. For I know, that in we (thai is, In my ftelli) 
ci vtihth to good thing: for to will isprtfent with me, but bow to per- 
form that which is^ooJ. 1 find not. 1 Tim, i. 1 c, 16. Thi.-is a fa'th- 
t\A fay in", and worhy of all acceptation, that Quilt JcfLrs came into 
the world to fave fmoers ; of whom I am chief. liowbeit. for this 
i'i\ufc I obtained rr.CTcy, that in me ftrlt Jefus Child might fh;w 
forth all long-fLfFering, f r a pattern to them which (hould htuaf- 
t r brlicve on him fo life evtrLiiing. 

'/>> Gal. iii. *$• CJ rift hath redeemed us from the curfe of the 
La, heing made a curd A»r as : for it is written, Curfid i* every 
one that hangeth on a tree. Sim v. 9. Much more then being 
Ijojv jnlliSed by his blood, we liiall be faved from wrath through 
j, ni ypfj \ j In whom we have redemption through his blood, 
the foi'»ivencfs of fi..s, ae>.orc.ing to the riches of his <>r;ice. 

(c) 1 Thcjf. i xo. And to wait for his ion fiom heaven, whom' 
he railed fioui ti e ttd<\, even Jefus which delivered ns from the 
wrath to come. If- l»v 9 10 For tWrs is as the waters of Noah 
unto me: fur as I have fworn that the wateis'of N< ah (hould ro 
rr.orc go over the earth ; fo h*vr 1 l*orn that f would not be wroth 
vfk*.-. : -bzc. nor -ehuki ibec. jF(}r the iUQ'Mi Luks ihail depart, ard 

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P a st t I! I . The BelUver's Riddle. 223 

My foul may oft be fiH'd indeed 

With ffafiih fear and helliih dread (d) ' 

This from my uabehef does fpring (?)» 

My faith fpeaks out fome better thing. 

Fakh fees no legal guile agVsn, 

Though fin and its defect remain (f) t 

Some hidden wonders hence refuk ; 

I'm full of iin, yet tree of guilt (g). 

Guilt is the legal bond or knot, 

That binds to wrath and vengeance hot (A) ; 

gut 

the hills temoved, but my kindnefs (hall not depart from thee, nei. 
ther ihafl the cove o am or my peace be removed, Uitu the Lord, 
that hath me cy pn thee. Fjal. ixxx x. 30, 31, 3* 33. If" his chil- 
drcu for fake my iaw, and walk not in my judgments ; if they break 
Diy (Ututes, aud keep not my commandments : then will I viiit 
their tranfgreflion with the rod, and their iniquity with ftripes. Ne- 
vertuelefs, my loving kindnete will I not utterly take from him, nor 
fuffer my faithfuineis to fail. 

(d) Ma th, x:v. z6. And when the difciples faw Jefus walking 
on the fea, they were troubled, faying, it is a Ipiiit; and they cne4 
out for tear. 

(/) Murk iv. 40. And Jrfus faid unto his difciples, Why are yc 
fo fearful t how is it that ye have no iaith ? 

C/J Rom. vii. 6. But now we are delivered from the law, that 
being dead wherein we were held - t that we ihouui lave in Btwcdi 
of ipirit, and not in the oidntfs f tlic letter. Chap, viii. 3,4. For 
whai tiie la* couiJ not do, in that it was weak through the flefh, 
God fending his own Son, in the likenefs of Guild li.iii an J f r„w 
(in condemned tin in the ricih : that the righttouiaeis of the W«r 
ru:-ht be tuR.iiej in us, who walk not alter u.c fkin, but after tfce 
Spirit. 

(e) Rom. vii. 14 For we know that t!»c law is ipiritual ; bat t 
am carnal, fold under lin. Cn-p. win. 33, 34.. V/l.o ifaaii lay an/ 
thing to the chaige of God\ elect? it i> Oou that juihhuh : who 
is he that c ,njemuuh i It is Chrilf. that died, yea rather, that is 
nicn again, *ho is even at the light hand of (jod, who alio oia- 
\ctn ititcrechioij tor us. 

(i) D&t, WtvH: i$. CuifcJ be he that COnfinouh not ail tUc 
1- 4 wad* 



224 GOSPEL SONNETS. 
But fin may be where guilt's away, 4 
And guilt where fin could never iiay. 
Cu it without any (In has been, 
As in my furery may be feen ; 
The elecTs guilt upon him came, 
Yet ftili he was the h&!y Lamb (i). 
Sin without guilt may likewife be, 
As rntfy appear in pardon'd me : - 
For though my fin, alas does flay, 
Yet pardon takes the guilt away (A). 
Thus freed I am, yet Hill involv'd ; 
A guilty finner, yet abfolv'd (/) : 
'though pardon leave no guilt behind, 
Yet iiu's delcrt remains I find .0»). 



Guilt 



wcr-Js of this law to do them ! and ail the people (hall fry, Amen, 
Horn. i. 18. For the wrath of God is revealed from heaven againit 
«H img.Kiiinefs, and uurignteouihvis or' men, who hold lite truth in 
unrightrnnfueis. 

(J) If. li i 6. The Lord hath laid on him the iniquity rf u S all. 
iieh. vii x6. For fu.h a high prieft became as, woo is holy, harm- 
L'fi im Jchhd. ifparafj from finreis. - 

(£) Rom. vii 34. O wretched rran th t I am, who (hill deliver 
me irom the body of this death! A'ffs x ii, 3B 59. Be it known 
unto you therefore, men and brethren, that through this .man is 
preached onto yon the forgiven* fs of fins : and by him all that be- 
lu vc, ate juflifed from all Citings, from wiiich ye couid not be ju- 
li J'-icd by ti e law ct Mofes. 

(/) Kom hi. iy. Nov we know tret wbtt tl ings foevtr the taw 
(anh, it (aith to them *ho were under the lav : 4hat every mouth 
may be aVpped, -nd ail tie world ni*y become guilty before God. 
V. xi 14 For ail have in;. ned, and comethortof the glory of God ; 
be frag j -i 'fined fiteiy by his grace, through the redemption that is in 
jef li Ontfr. 

(<m) lion iv. 6* 7, 8, Even as D.ivid alio defctibeth the ihife^nefs 

of the man unto whom God irn,n !• tii rtghtevu/hefs wit Mlt w ik>, 

Efc&d *«* l&ej *fivft lui^imieS-urt? fo< ^'./. n a«;^ ^0<< &w 



*PA*YilL - Tht Believer's Riddles 2:5 

Guilt and demerit differ here, 

"\ hough oft names confounded arc. 

I'm guilty in myfelf always, 

bh ce iin's demerit ever ibys(^). 

.Yet in my head I'm always fiee 
From proper guilt afiecTririg me ; 
Becaule fhy lurety's blood canctlJ'd 
The bond of curies once me held (o). 

The guilt that pardon did divorce, 
From legal threat'nings drew its force (/>) * t 
But fin's defert, that lodges (till, 
Is. drawn from inrrinfic ill (?). 

ate covered. ElclTd is the man to whom the Lord will not impute. 
fifr. Vfal. \\. 3, 4 For I acknowledge my tranfg?c(lions : ar.d my 
f;:i is ever before me. Againit tbee^jhee only have 1 finned, and 
done this evil in thy fight: that thoSftigh teft be jollified when thou 
fpcakett, and be clear when thou judgelt. cxliii. x. O Lord, enter 
not into judgment with thy fervant : for in thy fight (hail no man 
living be juihfied. 

(n) Rom. vii. 13. 14. Was then that which is good, made death 
unto me ? Gcd forbid. But fin that it might appear fin, working 
death in me by that which is good ; that fin by the commandment 
m>ght become exceeding finfid. For wc know that the law is fpi- 
ritual : but I am carnal, fold under fin. Fpb. v. 6. Let no man 
deceive you with vain words: for becauie of thefe things Cometh 
the wratn of God ipon the children of dlfcbedicnce. 

(0) Hem v. i. Therefore being juftifi- d by faith, we have peace- 
wtih God, through our Lord Jeii-s ChriiL v. $. Much more thtr> 
bang now pfiifcd by his blood, we ihall be faved from wrath 
through him. 7;. 1 1. And not only fo, but v\e alio joy in God, 
through our Lord Jcfis Cbriit, by whom we have now received the 
atonement. 

(p) Gal iii. 10 Fdt as many a&areof the works of the law, are 
under the cure, for it is written, Curfed is every one chat coitina- 
tc'i not in all things which are written in the book of the la* tudo 
them. v. 13. drift hath redeemed us from the curfc of tie la.v, 
bt:ng made a curfe for us : for it is written, Curfi»d is every one 
thic u.*i£uh on a tree. 

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226 GOSPEL SONNETS. 

Were guilt nought elfe but fin's defcrr, 
Of pardon Pd renounce my p;rt ; 
For, were 1 now in heav'n to dwell, 
I'd own my fins deferred hell (r). 
This does my higheft wonder move 
At matchlefs juftifying Jove, 
That thus fecures from endlefs death 
A wretch dderving double wrath (/J. 

Though 

'f) Pfai ii 4; See Utter (m) foreclted. Lufo xv. 18. I will arife, 
and go to my father, and will fay unto him, Father; I have finned 
a^ainf? heaven, and before thee. 

(r) huke xv. 19 And am no more worth}' to be called thy fort. 
Rev. v. 4. And I [John] wept much becaiifc no man was found wor- 
thy to open, and to read the hook, neither to look thereon, v. 9. 
And they fung a new fong, faying, Thou art worthy to take the 
book, and to r pen the fcals thereof: for thou waft ffein, and haft 
Redeemed us t<> G d by thy blood, out of every kindred, and tor-gue, 
and people, and nation, v. 1 1, 11,13 And I beheld, and I heard the 
*oicc of many angels round ab ut the thione, and the beads, and the 
eldcs: and the number of them was ten rboufand times ten thoufand, 
and thoufimis of thoufands ; faying with a loud voice, Worthy is 
|fce Lza.:o that was (lain, to receive power, and riches, an ^ wifiom, 
and (tr^ngtb, and honour, and glory, and bkiTrng. And every crea- 
ture vwincii is in hesven, and on the eat th, and under the earth, and 
fnch as are in the fea, and all that are in them, heard I, faying, 
BleflShg, and h. nour, and glory, srd power be unto hrm, that fitj 
teth upon the throne, and unto the Lamb for ever and ever. 

(f) Kow- vii 14, 15. O wretched man that lam, who fhall de- 
liver me from the body of this death ! I thank God, through Jtfus 
Cnrift on/ Lord. Chap. via. 1. 1 here is therefore now no con- 
demnation to them which are in Chrifl Jcfus, who walk not i>fier 
the fit fn, but after the Spirit. 1 Tim. i. 13. Who was before a h!s£ 
phvmcr, and a pe>fccutor, aud injurious. But I obtained mercy, 
becanfe I did it ignorantly, in unbelief, v. 15, 16, 17. This is a 
faithful faying and worthy of all acceptation, that Chrifl Jefcs 
came into the world to fave finners ; of whom I am chief. How- 
beit, for this caufe I obtained mercy, that in mc rnft Jcfus Chrifl 
might (hew forth all long fufTcriug, for a pattern to them which 
tfeociU. hetcafter believe od him to life cverlaliing. Now unto rhe 

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Part IN. T$e Stivers Riddle. 227 

Though weil my black defer! I know, 
Yet Vtn not liable to woe ; 
While fail and compleat righreoufnefs 
Imputed for my frecJom is 0). 
Hence my fccurity from wrath 
As firmly Hands on Jefus death (*), 
As does my title unto heav'n 
Upon his great obedience giv'n (a). 
The fentence He2v'n did full pronounce, 
Has pardon'd all ray iins at once ; 
And ev'n from future crimes acquit, 
Before I could the facts commit (z/). 

I'm 

King eternal, immortal, invifibfc, the only wife God, be hoiiour 
and gl';ry, for ev.r and ever. Amen, 

(i) 1 Cor. i. 30. But of him arc ye in drift Jefus, who of Gcd 
is made unto us — righteoLlheis — and redemption. a Cor. v.xi. 
God hath made Chriit to be fin for us, who knew do fin; that wc 
might be made the rightccufnefs of God in hint. iiom. iv. 11. And 
he [Abraham] received the fign of circumctfioo, a ftai of the righte- 
oufrtefs of tiic faith which he had yet being uucircumcifed : that he 
might be the father of aii them that believe,, though they be not 
cirtumcifed ; that righteoufnefs might be imputed unto them al£>. 
v. xx> 23, 24, 15. And therefore it was imputed to him for righ~ 
•ftpufnefs. Now it was not written for his fake al«>ne, that it was 
impuud tc him; but for us alfo, to whom it (hall be imputed, if 
we believe on him that r tt ifcd op Je(us our Lord from the dead, who 
wusd^ livered for our offences, and was railed again tor our juHirkatiori. 

(t) Rom. v. 9, Much more then being now juftifi.d by hisbloo4, 
we fhall be faved from wrath through him. 

(k) Rom. v. 17, 18. 19. — They which receive abundance of 
grace, and of the gift of righteoufnefs, foali reign in life by one, 
Jefus Chriit — By the righteoufnefs of one, the fret gift came tipoji 
all men unto juturication of life. — By the obedience of one (hall ma- 
ny be made righteous, v. ai. Gr^ce reigns through righteoulhcJs 
filo eternal life, by Jefus Chrift our Lord. 

{v) Vjal. ciii. 3 bUfs the Lord O my foul,— who forgiveth all 

♦like ioio^itits; viho bcalctfci all thy diieuKS. a Lor. v. ij. God 

1* fc **s 



223 OOS?E L S O N N £ T S. 

I fn always in a pardon'd Hare 
Before an J after fin (w} \ but yet, 
r \ hit vainly I prefuroe not hence. 
I'm feidom pardon'd to my fenfe(^). 
Sin brings a vtngeance on my head, 
- Though from avendng wrath I'm freed (y). 

And 

was m Chr'ft, recording the world unm nimfelf, not imputing 
their trefpaffs unto them. v. %\. See letter (*j forecited. Dan. 
ix, 14. Seventy weeks are determined upon thy people, and u -on 
thy holy city, to finilh the tranfgufn<»n v and to make an end of 
fin«, and to make reconciliation for inqnity, 2nd to brirp in ever* 
lafllnfji righteouinefs. If. liv. 10. For the mountains fejil depart 
and the mils be removed : but mv kir.dnds fball nc t depart from 
true neither ihali the covei tnt cfmy peace be removed, fa th the 
Lord, (hat hath mercy en thte. tieb. \\\\ n. For f will be mer- 
c£fuf to their uiirighteoufnefV and their fins and their iniquities will 
J »t member no more. 

(w) Rom. viii. 1. There is therefore now no condemnation io 
th m which are in Cbiiir ftfos, v\io walk not after the ffefh but 
after the Spirit, v. 33, 34, 35 36, 37, 38 3^9. Who (bail lay any 
thing to the charge <f God'* the":? it is God that juitifi th : who 
is he that condemneth ? It is Chrift that died, yea, rather, that is 
rifen again, who is even it the ripht hand of God, who alio maketh 
inttreefTion for us. Who (hall f p^te us frOm the love of Chi ill? 
ihi\i tribulation, or difrrtfs, or perfection, or famine,* or nake£k 
nci's, or peril, or (word? Nav t in ail thefe things we are more thinr 
cor^oerois, through' him that loved us. F* r t am perfumed, that 
neither death, ncr life, nor angels, nor principalities, nor powers, 
nor tiings pftfent, nor things to come, nor height, nor <Jcpth. aor 
anv other creature, (nail be *ble to leparate us fiom the love of G<d 
wh'eh is in Chrift Jefus our Lord. 

(x) Pful xxv. 11. For thy name's ftke, O Lord, pardon mine 
ir>'<;'nty : for it is great li 8,9 Mal ; e me to hear joy and gfed- 
n»f<: th'3t th-e hones which thou h< ft broken, may rejoice. Hide 
thy fice from my (ins; and hi -it out ail mine iniquities, v. n. Re- ' 
doe unto tap the joy of thy fuvauon : tnd uphold me with thy 
freefairfev 

fy) Pjaf. xe'x. 8. Thou anfwereVt} them, O Lord our God : 
ihvu ,\r\ 3 Cod that forgiveft^heop, though thcu tookcii v*n£e- 

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Part Hi. The Believer's Riddle. 229 

And though rny Cw-sall pnrdon'd be,' 
Their pardon's not apply d to me (z). 
Thus though I need no pardon more, 
Yet need new pardons e/ry hour *, 
In point of application free ; 
Lord, walh anew, and pardon me* 

SECT, XV. 

The myftery cf faith and fight, of which more, 

Fart vi Chap. 4. 

STrange contradictions me befal, 
I can't beiieve unlefs I fee {a) 
Yet never can believe at all, 

Till once I ihut the feeing eye (£), 
AVhen fight of fweet experience 

Can give my faith no helping hand (c). 

ance of their inventions. 1 Ihcjf, i. 10. And to wait for his Sort 
from heaver, whom he raiftd from the dead, even Jefus which de- 
livered us fruiii the wrath to come. 

(2) PfJ xxxv. 3. O Lord, fay unto my foul, I am thy falvatiorf, 
Ixxxv. 8. I will hear what God the Lord will fpc& : for he wilt 
fpeak peace unto his people, and to his faints: hut let them not 
turn again to folly. Matw. lift 1. And behold, they brought to 
I him a man fick of the pahy, lying on a bed : and J^fus feeing their 
X* faith, faid unto the leek of the paiiy, Son, be of good cheer, th/. 
fins be forgiven thie. 

* Mattb. vi. ix. And forgive us onr debts, as we forgive our 
debtors. I John i. 7, 8. If we walk in the light, as God is in the 
K*r.t, we have fellowship one with another, and the blood of Jefus 
Chrift his fon clear.feth us from all fin. If we fry that we have no 
fin, we deceive ou'felves, and the truth is not in us. 

(") John vi. 40. And this is the wiM of him that tent, me, that 
every one which feeth the Son, and believeth on him, may have 
evcrlaOing life. 

(£) John xx. 19. Jeias faith unto him, Thomas, becaufe thou 
hart fcen me, thou had believed : bLfled are they that have not 
fecn, and yet have believed. 

(0 $ Viii. 17. And I will wait, upon the £»ord that hideth his 

face 



23^ GOSPEL SONNETS. 

The fight of .found intelligence 

Will give it ample ground to ftand (J). 
I walk by friith, and not by fight (<r) ; 

Yet knoivkdge does my faich refound (f) t 
Which cannot walk bin in the light (*>) 

Ev'n when experience runs aground (A). 
By knowledge I difcem and fpy 

In divine light the object fhown (*) ; 
By fai r h I take and clofe apply 

The glorious object as mine own (£). 

face from the houfe of Jaa b. and I will look for him. Chap. L 
10. Who is among you that fearcfh the Lord, that oheyeth the 
voice of his frrvaRt, th3t v.alketh in darknefs and hath no light? 
let him truft in the name of the Lord, and (ray upon his God. 

(d) Epb i. 15, 16, 17, 18. to. Wherefore I alio, after 1 heard 
•f your faith in the Lord jefus. and love unto all the faints, ceafe 
not to give thanks fur you, maUir.g mention of you in my prayers; 
that the God of our Lord jefu« Chritr, the Father of glory, may 
give unto you the Spirit of wrifttam and revelation, in the knowledge 
of him : the eyes of your undertianding being enlightened i that ye 
may know what is the hope of his calling and what the ricles of 
il e glory of his inheritance in the faints, apd what is the exceeding 
greatnefs of his power to us-ward who believe, according to the 
working of his mighty power, frc. % Cer. iv. 6. For God who 
commanded the light to Ihine out of darknefs, hath mined in our 
hearts, to give the light of the knowledge of the glory of God» itty .^ 
the face of Jems Chrift. 

{e) a Cor. v. 7. For we walk by faith, not by fight. 

ffj John ii. x 1. This beginning of miracles did Jeius in Cana of 
Galilee, aud roanifclled forth his glory : and his difcipits believtd 
en him. 

(g) Pfal. ix. 10. And they that know thy name, will put their 
tiuft in thee. 

(h) Pfal. xxvii. 14 Wait on the Lord : be of good courage, and 
lie (hall itrcngthen thine heart : wait, 1 fay, on the Lord. 

(»') x Cor. iii. 28 But we all with open face, beholding as in a 
glafs the glory of the Lord, are changed into the fame image, from 
glory to glory, even as by the Spiiit of the Lord. 

(/fr) John i. li. J8ut ^as maj>y as received him, %q thcru gave he 

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Pa^t TIT. The Believer's Riddle. 2ji 

My iz'ah thus ffands on divire light, 

Believing what it clearly kes CO ; 
Yet f'ah.h is oppofite to light, 

Ti ufling its ear, and nut its eyes (w), 
Faith lift ning to a fweet report, 

Still comes by hearing, not by fight O) j 
Yet is not faith of faving iort, 

But when it fees in divine light (o). 
In fears i fpend my vital breath, 

In doubts I wafie my palling years (p) ; 
Yet ftill the life I live is faith, 

The oppolite of doubts and fears (y). 

'Tweeo 

power to become the ions of God, even to them that believe on 
his name. 

(-/) Gal. i. 16". But when it pleafed God — to reveal his Son in 
me, that I might preach him among the heathen ; immediately I 
conferred not with fl-lh and blood. 

(w) Efb. i. 13 In Chrilt yc alfo traded after that ye heard the 
woid of truth, the gofpwl of your falvat.on. 

(n) Rom. x 17. So then, faith cotneth by heating, and hearing 
by the word of God. 

(0) PJal. xxxvi. 7. How excellent is thy loving-kindntfs, O God! 
therefore the children of men put their craft under the lhadow of 
thy wings, v. 9. For with thee is the fountain of life: in thy light 
■ftlili we fee light. 

(P) Pftl' ^ xxvn « $1 4- I remembered God, and was troubled : 
I complained and my ipirit was overwhelmed. Selah. Thou hold- 
eft mine eyes waking: I am fo troubled that I cannot ipeak. Jotit 
xx. 25. But Thomas laid unto the other dilciples, Except I thall 
fee in his hands the print of the nails, and put my 6ngei into the 
print of the naiis, and thrult my hand into his fide, I will not be- 
Hevc. Luke xxiv. 21. We trufted that it had been he which (houU 
have redeemed ItracJ. 

(q) Gal. ii. ao. I am crucified with Chrift : Neverthelefs I live: 
yet not I, but Chrilt liveth in me : and the life which i now live 
in the ftefh, 1 live by the faith of the Son of God, who loved rac\ 
and gave himfclf fur me. Mark v. 36. As foon as Jefas heard the 
word that was i\ oken, he faith unto the ruUr of the iynagogue y Be 

apt 



232 GOSPEL SONNETS.. 

'Tween clearing faith and clouding fenfe, 
I walk in darknefs and in light (r). 

I'm certain oft, when in fufpence, 

While fure by faith, and not t>y light 0), 

SECT. XVI. 

The myfiery of faith and works 7 and rewards of 
grace and debt. I 



i 



I. Of faith and works. 
\ E that in word ofPendeth not, 
jl Is cail'd a perfect man I wot (a) ; 



not ifitjfijfc only believe. Mutth. viii. x6 And Jefus failh ur.to his 
difcipUs, Why are ye fearful, () ye of Utile faith? t%-p xiv. 31. 
And Jeius faid unto Peter, O thou of little faith, wherefore didfr, 
thou doubt I 

(r) Job x.-ix. 1, z, 3. Moreover, Job continued his parable, and 
(aid, Oh that I were as in months part, as in the days when Goi 
preferred me: when his candle fhiaed upon my head, and when by 
hisliohl I walked through darknefs. Pjul. ex i. 4. Unto the uprig^ t 
there arifeth li^ht in the darknefs. 

(j) 1 Pet* i. 8. W horn having not (een, ye love ; in whom though 
now I (ec him not, ytt believing, ye rejoice with joy ur.fpeakable 
and full <f glory. Rom. iv. 18, ip, ao, xi. Abraham againft hope 
believed in hope, that he nrght become thu father of many r»3- , 
tiois; according to that which was fpoken, So fhali thy feed be. 
And being net weak in faith, he confiJe/ed not his own body now 
Acz<i t when he was about an hundred years old, neither yet the dead' 
ntfs of Sara's womb. He daggered net at the promifc of God 
through unbelief j but was ftrongiu falrh, giving glory to God : and 
being fully perfoaded, that what he had promiftd, he was able aJfo 
to peiform. Pfil. Ixxx'x, 36, 37, 38, 39. Us fe.d (hall endure for 
ever, and his throne as. the fun before me. It (hall be eitablii'he<J 
for ever as the iroon, and as a faithful uitnefs in heaven. Sclah. 
But thou haft caft oif and abhorred, thou halt been wroth with thine 
anointed, Thou haft made void the covenant of thy fervant: thou 
hoft profaned his crown;' by rafting it to the ground. 

{*) Jan:, iii. *, If anv man eifend nu in word, the (ame i» a 

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Part III. The reliever's Puddle. 233 

Yet he whofe thoughts and deeds are bad, 

The law-perfe&on never baJ (£). 

1 am Cicdgn'd a perff ft foul, 

Ev'n though I never kept the whole," 

iSor any precept (c) ; for Wi known, 

ke breaks thern all that breaks but one (^). 

By faith I do perfection claim (<?), 

hy works I never grafp the name (f) : 

Yet without works my faith is nought Qj), 

And thereby no perft&ion biougU. 

Works 

perfccl man, and able alfb to bridle the whole body. 

(b) Jam. ii 10. For wnoibever ihAi keep tnc whole law, and 
yet offend in one point, he is guilty of all. 

(c) Rom. iv. 5, 6. To him that woikcth not, but btijevcth on 
him that julHfi.tn the ungodly, his faith is counted for ri^hteouf" 
nefs Even as David alio delcnbeth the biclJcdnefs of the man un. 
to whom God impute th righuosfnef* without works. Job. i, i. 
There was a man in the land of \Jz % whofe name was Job, and that 
man was. per feci and upright, and one that fcartd God, and eiccAed 
evil. Pfal. lxxi. 16. 1 will go in the trrength of the Lord God : I 
wiil make mention of thy lighreouihefs, even of thine only. Keel. 
▼ii. 10. For there is not a juil man upon caitb, that doth good, 
and linneth not. 

( ) Jam. ii. 10. Sis letter (b). 

(e) Phi ip. iii. 9. 1 count all things but dung that I may win 
Chrill, and be found in him, not having mine own righuuulhefs 
which is of the law, but that which is thiougii the faith of Omit, 
the iighteoufnefs which is or God by faith. 

(i) Qui ii. 1 6 Knowing that a man is not jnftificd by the works 
of the law, btii by tiie faith of Jcfiii Ct.rilt ; even we have believed 
In jcius Cnriif , that wc might be j.utihed by the faith ot Ciuifr, 
ani not b) the works of the law ; for by the works of the Uw lhall 
Uu fciU be jiftiricd. 

J*m. ii, 14. What doth it proft, my brethren, thorgh a 
lie liath faith, and have not woi\>? can faith .avc him? 
(k) Hek* x». 0*. Without faith u is impoifibic to pkafe God fov 
, guwii c»l;^v &ai ; , ;>, ar,J that he is a 

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234 GOSPEL SONNETS. 

Works without faith will never freed (A), 
Faith without works is wholly dead (i) ; 
Yet 1 am jniUfy'd by faith, 
Which no law-works adjutant bath (/•). 

Yea, gofpel works no help can lend (/), 
Though iiill they da my faith attend (w) < 

Yet 

ftvvarJer #f them that diligently feck him. Rom. xiv. 13. What- 
soever h not of faith, is fir. 

(i) Jam. ii. 17. Even fo faith, if it hath not works, is dead h*- 
ing alone, v. z6. For as the body without the fptrit is dead, f« 
faith without vtorks is dead alio. 

(k) Rom. iii 11, az. But now the righteoufnefs of God without 
the law is man.feftcd. being witnr(];?d by the law and the prophets: %> 
ven the righteoufnefs of God which is by faith of JciuS Chrift u»to 
all, and upon all them that believe-, for .here is no difference, Lh-.-.p. 
xv. 4. $,6. Now to him that worketh, is the reward not reckon- 
ed of grace, but of debt. But to him that worketh not, but belicv- 
cth on him that juilifieth the ungodly, his faith is counted forri^h' 
teoufnefs. Even as David alio defcrbcth the bkiTedncfs of the maa 
Ui-to whom God impute-th righteouinefs without works. 

(/) Philip, iii. 4, 0", 7, 8, p. If any other man thinketh that he 

hath whereof he might trull in the fk»b, I more: touching the 

right eouftiefs which is in the law, biamclefs. But what things u ere 
gain forme, thok I counted lofs for ChriP. Yea, doubtltis and I 
count all things but lofs for the excellency of the knowdedge of 
Chrirt Jeius my Lord : for whom I have f .Aired the lofs of all 
things, and 0,0 count them but dung that ! may win Chrtit, and 
be found in him, not having mine own rig h teoufnefs, which is f ihe 
law, but that which is through the faith or Chriii, the nghtcoulntis 
which is of Gcd by faith. If. Ixiv 6. But we are all as an unclean 
thiftg, and all our rightcoufneflls are as 6!thy rags. Hof. xiih $. O 
Ifracl, thou haft ottlroyed thy fe!f, but in rue is thine help. If. xlv. 2^ 
IS. Surel>. fhali one fay ill the Lord have I tighitouheh and 
ftrcngth : even to htm (hall men come, and ail that arc itieir.il d a- 
gaintt him ibail be afbamed. Jn the Lord fh^ii all the iced of Iii act 
be juAifitd, and (hall glory. 

(w) Tit. iii. 8. This is a faithful faying, and thf fc things I will 
that thou affirm comlantly, that they which have believed in God, 
mifcia be careful to Hiwauin good wcrks ? thefe ihiflfc are good 

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Part III. The Believer's Riddle. 235 

Yet fYuh by works is ferjtci rmde, 
And by their prefence juftify'd (.7). 

But works wiih faith could never vie, 

And only faith can juIUfy (0) ; 

Yet Hill my juilifying faith 

No juftifyiiag value hath (/>). 

Lo, juftifying grace from heav'n 

Is foreign ware, and freely giv'n (</) : 

and profitable unto men. Jam. ii. 18. Yea, a man may fay, Thou 
bait faith, and 1 have works: fliew me thy faith without thy works, 
and I wiil ihew thee my f*ith by my works 

(«) Jam. ii. ax, ax. Was not Abraham our father justified by 
works, when he had offered iftac his fon npon the alur ? Seelt 
thou how faith wrought* with his works and by works was faith 
made perfect ? v. 14. Ye fee then Low that by works a man is ju* 
llificd, and not by faith only. 

(0) Rom. iv. 16". Therefore it is of faith, that it might be by 
grace ; to the end the promile might be iuie to all the iecd. Tit. 
iii. 4, 5, 6", 7. Hut afrsr that the kiuJncfs and love of'God our Sa-» 
vi "ir toward man appeared, not by works of righteoufnefs, which 
we have done, but according to his meicy he (kved us by the ualh- 
i.-.g of regeneration, and renewing of the holy GhoU : which he 
(hvJ on us abundantly, through JMbi Chrilc out Saviour ; that be* 
ing juilified by his gra.e, wc ihould be mude heirs according to the 
htpe of eten.ai life. Ads*. 43. To him give all the prophets wit- 
nels, that through his name, whofjever bclievcth in hirn, lhall re- 
ceive re 11 (li on of li' is. 

(/>) Gil. iii. 11, ii. Is the lav then agdinll the promilesof God * 
G ft f ibid: for if theie hud been a law given which could havs 
given life, verily riohteoufnefs mould have been b> the law. But 
the fc.ip'i:re haih concluded all under fm, that the promile by faiik 
of j<_;us Clitiil might be given to them that believe. Luke x*;u 
31, j 1. And the Lord (aid, Simon, Simon, behold, Satan hatn de- 
G.vJ to have you, that he may hfl you as wi eat : but I have pray- 
ed frr thee, ihat my luith fail not, and when thou art converted, 
k lengthen t y brethre* . % Ccr. in. 5. Not that ue arc futruLnc 
ft ourilivcs to tiiibk any thing :S of omklvcs : but our iul&eicnc/ 
is of Goi. Cbp. K'i 5. Of iuch an one will I &lory ; yet oi ir.^ - 
(u: 1 v*. ill not gl n\ but in mine infirmities. 

(f) Rem. v. i*, 17. — 1 he fue gift U tiftfeafiy cflcr.ccs unto yii\. 



^6 C O S F E L SO M N £TS V 

And faving faith is well content 
To bc_ii mere recipient O). 
Faith's aJlive in my fantliiy (f)\ 
Inn Aer^ jjrs aclit wiii deny 0), 
And frankly own it never went 
Beyond a pajfive infirurnent (/)» 
I labour much like holy Paul ; 
And yet not 1, but grace does all. (a) : 

fiction. -- They u hith receive aluu.Jar.ee of grace, and of the gift 
of righteeofn &< fhali > c ;gn in hie by one, ^fus Chi '.ft. Chap. iii. 
24. Being juilified freely by lu grace, fcttroogh the redemption that 
is in Jcius Chrift. 

(r) Jfovtt- v« 1 1 . And not or ly (©, but we alf> joy in G< d, th rough 
our Lord J«fIiS Chafr, by whom we have f:ow received the atui.c« 
nient. 7;. 17. &"£ /ef/<?r (q). 

(X; Ga/. v. 6. Jmt in Jefus Chrift, neither circumcifion ayaifeih 
any thing, nor unarcumcifion. but faith which worketh by love. 
slui xv, 9. God put no diiference between us and thorn, purifying 
their hearts by faith. Lhup. xxvi. 18 To open their e)es, and to 
tarn them from darknefs to light, and from the power of Satan un- 
to God, that they may receive forgiverefs of fins, and inheritance 
amoog them which are fantfified by faith th^t is in me. 

(<) Rom. iv. 16. Therefore it is of faith, that it might be by 
grace. Chap x<. 6 And if by grace, tha.i is. it no more o; woiks : 
otherwife grace is no more gracs. 

(/) tpb. ii. 8 9. For by grace are ye fav-d, tbrot*?h faith : and 
that not of yourfelves : it is the gift of God : not of works, left any 
man fhouU boalf. 1 Cor. iv. 7. For who make'h thee to differ 
from another? and what halt thou that thou dh'.ft not receive? now 
if thou didif fceive it, why doll then glory as ii thou hadtt not re- 
ceived it? Hdb. xi. 11. Through faith alfo Sarah herfelf re- 
ceived Hrength to conceive feed, and was delivered of a ch?ld whtn 
fte wis pad age, bec^ufe fhe jadged him faithful who had pr<»mifed. 
v. 17. By faith Abraham, when he was tried, offered up lfa*c; aid 
lie that had received the promifes, offered up LUooly begotten h»n : 
v. 19. Accounting that God was able to raiie him up, even irom 
the dend ; from whence alio he received him in a figure, v. 3s. 
' Vomen received their dead taif d to life again : and -others were 
tortured, not ft&cf&iflg ddivcr*;.ce ; that tiuy ...yt obtain a buur 
r«ffune£lioa* 



P.art III. The Believes Riddle. i^y 

I try to tpresd my little Tails, 
And wait for powerful moving gales (v). 
Whep po'vVs convey'd I work ; but fee?, 
*Tis fill] his poA'V that works in me. 
I am an a pent at his cai!, 
Yet nothing am for grace is a!l (w). 

II Of rewards of ^racs and deli, 

IN all my works I Itiii regard 
The recompence of full reward (x) ; 
Yet ftich'trry working is withal, 
I look for no reward at all (y). 

God's 
* ■ ' 

(«) i (or. xv. to. ^ot by the grace-ef God T am what I am : 
and his grace wf ich was bcftoivcd upon rne, was not in vain ; bnt 
J Jabmred more abundantly than they all . yet not 1, but the grace 
of God which was with mc. 

(?•) Pfal.'tiau. i<5. J 'will go in the Hrenftth of th* Lord God: I 
will hvnYe mention of thy ri^hteoufnes, « ven of J* i"e only Son?. 
jv. 16. A*ake, O north wind, and come thou ibuih, blow upon 
my gmden, that the fpites thereof may flow out. I 

(-^}) rbilip. ii. n, 13. Wherefore, my beloved, as ye have al- 
ways obeyed, not a« in my pretence only, bur now much more in 
my ahe.ee; work out your own fii/ation with fear and trembling. 
For it is God which worketrj in you, both to will jnJ to do of his 
good pledfure. GjI. ii, 28. I am crucifrd with Chrifl : Neverth?- 
lets 1 live; yet not I, but Chri.'r liv.th in me; and the life which 
I now live in the fkfti, I live by the faith of the Son of Go J, w!«o 
loved me, and gave nimfelf for n)e a Cor xii. 9. And the Lord 
faid unto me, My grs^e is fvfficient f»r ihee: for my (trength is 
i'«ic p< : f Ci in weaknefs. Mott gladly therefore will 1 rather 
k'ory in my infirmities, that the power of 'Cbrifl may rcir upon me. 

(x) Heo. xi. 24, 25, i5. By faith Motes, when he was come to 
years. rerttfed to be calkd the fon of Pharaoh's daughter; chuGng 
rather to frfTr affliction with the people pf God, than to eoj >y the 
plerfues of fin (or a teaP>n« cfteeming the reproach of Chriif great-. 
' er riches th^o the trezfitcs in Egypt : for he had refpeel unto the 
recampence of ih - rww^;d. . 

( y) a Tim. a. p^ God bath fayed us, and called us with an holy 

ctUing, 



Cod's my reward exceeding great, 
No kfTer hcav'n than this I wait (z) : 
But where's the earning work Co broad. 
To fet me up an heir of God (a) ? 
Rewards of debt, rewards of grace, 
Are opposes in etf'ry caie (£) : 
Yet fure I am they'll boih agree 
Mod jointly in rewarding me («.) 
Though hell's my ju(i reward for fin (d) % 
HeavVj as my juft reward I'll win (V). 

calling, not according to onr works, but according to his own pnr- 
pof? and grace which was given us in Cbrifr lefts, before thc^orU 
began. Tit. Hi. 5. Not by works of ug : '.teoufr»cft, v\hich ue have 
done, but according to his mercy he faved us by the warning of re- 
generation, and rcneviino of the He ly Ghoft, 

(z) Gen xv. 1. AHer thefe thin«s the word of the Lord came 
linto Abram in a vifion, faying, Fear not, Abram; I am thy Ihitltl 
?id thy exceeding great reward. Pfal. Ixxiii. 25,16. Whom have 
] in heaven but theer and there is none upon earth that I defire 
kefid s thee. My flcfh and my heart faiieth ; but Gud is the ilrcngtb 
•f my heart, and my portion forever. 

(a) Ezek. xxxvi. 31. Not for your fakes do I this, (aith the Lord 
God, be it known onto you: be afhamed and confounded for your 
cwn ways, O houfc of Ifrael. Horn. viii. i<5, 17. The Spirit itftlf 
Veareth witnefs with our fpiiit, that we are the childten of God. And 
if children, thenlicirs: heirs of God, and joint heirs with (Thrift. 

(b) Rorn.\y.4* Now to him that workcth, is the reward not rec- 
koned of g\ace, but <f debt. 

(c) Pfal. lviii. 11. Verily there is a reward for the righteous: 
verily he is a God that jndgftn in the earth. J/] lxii. Ii. Behold. 
The Lord hath proclaimed unto the end of the world, Say ye to the 
daughter of Zion, Behold, thy falvation conieth , beho'd. lis re- 
ward is with him, and his work before him. Chap. xl. 10. Bcbold, 
the Lord God will come with ftrong hand, and his anr, QkvU rile 
for him: bel old, his reward is with him, and his work before bin. 

(d) Rom. vi.^si . Whzft fruit had ye then in thofe things, where- 
of ye are now alhamed ? for the end of thofe things 11 death- v. 
3 j The wages of fin is death. Efh. v. 6. Let no man deceive 
yqu with vaiu words : for becaaie of theft thing v coaacth the wratN 

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Part III, The Believer's Riddle. 239 

Br>th thefe my juft rewards I knovr, 
Yet truly neither of them lb *. 
Hell cirTt in juflice be my lot. 
Since judice fethfa&ton got ( f) ; 
Nor hcav'fl in juftice be thy (hare, 
Since mercy only brings me there (g). 
Vet heavTn is mine by folerna oath, 
In jufticc and in mercy borh O) : 

of G "»J up 'n the children of i iilohedic i <: G I. iii. 10 For a? w»a- 
nv as arc of the works of the Jaw, are unJtr th.; curfc : for it is 
written, Curf.d is every one that ceutinucth not i» all things which 
are written in the bock of the law to do th m, 

(t) Gal. iii 1 3, 14 Chrifc hath redeemed us fir >m the curfc of t^e 
law, being made a curfc for us: for it is vritt r*. Curled is evtry 
one that hangeth on a tree : that the b!cMi ig of Abraham mi^ht 
come on the Genriles through Jcfus Chriit ; that we might receive 
the promifeofthe Spirit through faith Eph. i 13, 14. In Chriit 
a'fo after th3t ye believed, ye were fealcd with that holy Spirit of 
proroiie, which is the earned of our inheritance, until the ndemp- 
ti tt of the pui'ch^f d pifilnjon, unto the pr iie of his gj >ry. Ren. 
v xi. Grace reigns through lighteoufncfs unto eternl life, by Je- 
fus Chrift our Lord. Chap. vi. j$. The gilt of God is eternal life 
through Jefus Chrift our Lord. 

* t-ru-%1) thejt oppojite voices of law andgofpel. 
(f) Rom iii. 1$, 1$ Whom God hath fct forth to be a propi- 
tiation, through faith in his blood, to declare his rghteoufnefs or 
the rer? hTion of firs that are pai, through the f ubearjnce of God; 
to declare, I fiy, at this time his rightcoufntfs : that he might be 
juft, and the jturifi.r of him which believeth in Jefus. 

(jr) Rem. ix. 15, 10* God faith to Mofes, I will have mercy on 
whom I will have mercy, and 1 will have companion on whom I 
vnll have compaflrin So then it is not of him that willetb, nor of 
riim ti atrnrn th, but of God that fheweth mercy. Tit iii. 4, c, 
6, 7. But after that the kindneft and love of God our Saviour to- 
ward man appeared n->t b v works of righteoofnefs, which we have 
d >ne, but according to his mercy he faved us by the wathin'4 of re- 
generation, and renewing of the Holy Ghoft : which he flied on us 
jrhunda' tly, through Jtfus Chrift our Savipur; that being julhfc- 
td by hi* graco, ae (bould be made keirs according Ce the hope of 
eternal life* 



240 GOSPEL SO N N ETS. 

And God in Chrift is all my trufl, 
Becaufe he's merciful and ju(t (/). 

CONCLUSION. 

"ERE is the rldJle, \v here's the man 
Of judgmept to expound I 
For matters fam'd that cannot fcan, 

In ifrel msy be found (a). 
AVe juftly thofe in wifdorn lift 

Eftablifb'd faints may call, 
"Whofe hirer fweet experience ble ft 
Can cleorly grafp it all (h). 

(h) Vftl. 'xxx'x. 5s j'tf. Onrc have. I fworn by my holinrfs, th^t - 
1 v. ill hot Sit unto David. His feed Hull endure for ev.r, aod Mi 
tnrone as the Cuii b f re me. Bcb. \L i 7, 1 8 Wherein God will- 
ing more abundantly to fnew unto the heirs <f pfomife the immuta- 
Miity of his counfil confirmed it by an oath : thaf by two imrru- 
tible tilings, in «*hich \t was impoffiSV for God to lye. we mi/M 
have a rtfi r\? con Halation, who have fled U r refnjge to lay bo|<j up 
on the hope fet before us. Pfa 1 * ixxxix. 14. Juff'Ce and judgment 
are the habitation of thy throne : mercy and truth (ball go before 
thy { cc. v. 16 In thy name (hall thry rejrke aVi the day ? an j 
in thy rigHteo facts (hall tiny be exalted, v. 3.4 But my fjui.fui- 
n fsanJ my mery ftjJl b<? with him [David raiy f-rvan>] ; 'and \i 
my name fhall his horn he exalted, v a9. My mercy 'will I keep 
for him tor evermore, and my covenant lhail Oand fall with him. 

(f) Heb. ii 17. Wherefore in all things it ! thoved him to he 
made like unto bis btethren ; that he might be a merciful and faith- 
ful high prkft, in things pertaining to God, to rtakr reconciliation 
for the fins of the p-ople. 1, John i, 7, 8, 9 If he w -\k in the lig*»t 
as Goi is in the lig't, we have fellowship one with another, and 
the blood cf Jefus Chrifr his Son clean fet h us from all Ga. If we 
fay that we have no fin, we deceive ourl ives, and the truth is not 
til us. If we confefs o«r fins, he is faithful, and jufi to foroive us 
our fins, and t»cleanfc us from a.ll.unri^hteoi.fnefs, 

{a) John, iii 10. Jefas anfwercd and faid unto Nicodeorus, Art 
thou a mutter of Ifrael ?nd knoweft not tbeSc things* 
\b) Maith/id 14. At that time Jt&s aiifjvcrcd aud Aid, I thank 



Part III- The BclLver's Riddle. 241 

Some babes in grace may mint and mai% 

Yet aiming right fuccced (r) : 
Bulftrangers they in ^rV/are, 

\V ho not at ail can read (V). 

thrt. O Father, Lord of heaven a-^d earth, bec*Q& thou fcaft h'dr 
trrefe things from the wife and piudent,and haft revealed them umo 
it. Jeius anfWcrcd and faid. onto his diftiples 
B c-u e it is given Vnto yon to know the myflerics of the kingdom 
of heaven, bjt to them it is nor given. 

(1) 1 ( er »ii. 1, x. And f, brethrfeq, could not fpfak unto you 
as unto fpiritua?, but a* unto cartel, even as unto babrs in ChriiK 
I have fed you with mi.K, and not with meat : for ruiheito ye were 
not able to bear it. i. either yet n. \v are ye able. Heb. v, u, 13, 14, 
For when f r tie time ye o.:ght to be teachers, ye have n ed rhat 
one teacn you a%din which be the fuft principles of the oracles of 
God ; a; \ ar< p.c<>mc fuch as have need of milk, ard not of {irons 
meat. For ev< ry one that oletii milk, is un&iiful in the wo d of 
rig'rteo'ofiici's: for he is 2 babe. But fuong meat btlongeth- to them 
that are of foU ge, cvtn tho ; e wno, by reafon of ufc, kav'e their 
.x rcidd t> i cern both go d and evil. Chap vi 1 There- 
fo^e leaving the principles of ihe doclrine of Chrift, let US £d cm 
urt ) perflation ; l.ot Ia\ in^ again the foundation of repentance frora 
<?eaJ works, and of faith to>aids God <bc. 1 Jthn ii. n, 13. 1 
urite unto you, httie children? becaufe your fins are forgiven you 

for his name's faXe. I wii^e unto you, huic children, oceanic 

ye have known the Faiher. 

(d) i Cor. iv. 3 4. But if ou* gofpel be hid, it is hid to them that 
aw loft ; In whom the god of Aids world bath blinded the minds 
of them which believe not, left the light of the glorious go(pc4 
•f C&rilt, wkij is the image of God, ftiouid fhine onto them. 



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GOSPEL SONNETS; 

O R, 

SPIRITUAL SONGS. 



PART IV. 

The BELIEVER'S LODGING and hm 
while on Earth. 

© R, 

A Pcem andParaphrafe upon PfaL Ixxxiv. 

Ver. I. How amiable are thy tabernacles, Lcrd 
of hofts! 

JEHOVAH, Father, Son, and Holy Choft, 
Sole Monarch of the univerfal hoft, 
"Whom the attendant armies ftill revere, 
"Which in bright robes furround the higher fphere; 
"Whofe fov'reign empire fways the hellifh band 
Of ranked legions in th' infernal land ; 
Who hold'fi: the earth at thy unrivai'd beck, 
And ftay'ft proud forces with a humbling check ; 
Ev°n thou whofe name commands an awful dread,, 
Yet deigns to dwell with man in very deed : 
O what refreshment fills the dwelling-place 
Of thine exuberant unbounded grace i 

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Part IV. The Believer's Lodging. 243 

Which with fwe^t powYdoes joy and praife extort, 
In Zion's tent?, thine ever-lov'd re fort : 
Where glad'ning flreams of mercy from above 
Make fouls brim ful of warm feraphic love. 
Of fweetefl: odoars all thy garment fmells ; } 

Thy difmal abfence proves a thoufand hells, > 
But heav'n; of joy are where thine honour dwells. J 

Ver. 2. My foul longeth, yea, even faintethfor the 
courts of the Lord : my heart and my flefk crieth 
tut for the living God. t 

Therefore on thee I center my defire, 
Which veh'memly burfis out in ardent fire, 
Deprived, ah ! I languish in my pbint, 
My bones are feeble and my fpirits faint. 
My longing foul pants to behold again 
Thy temple fill'd with rhy majeftie train * 
Thofe palaces with heav'nly odour flrew'J, 
And regal courts, where Zion's King is view'J : 
To fee the beauty of the higheft One. 
Upon his holy mount, his Jofty throne ; 
Whence virtue running from the living Head 
Reftores the dying, and revives the dead. 
For him my heart with cries repeated founds 
To which my flefn with echoes loud rebounds • 
For him, for him, who life in death can give ' 5 
For him, for him, whofe fole prerogative \ 

Is from and to eternity to live. j 

Ver. 3. Yea, the fparrovo hath found an h&ufe, and 
thefwallow a nefl for herfiff where /he may lay 
her young, even thine altars, Lord *f kofts, 
my King and my Cod. 
Alas ! ho v from thy lovely dwellings I, 

f Long bani&'d, do Ve happy birds envy; 

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244 G O S P E L SONNET S. 

Which, chufing thy high altars for their neft, 
On rafters of thy tabernacle reft \ 
Here dwells the /parrcw of a chirping tongue* 
And here xht /wallow lays her tender young: 
Faint facrilege ; they feize the facred fpot, 
And feem to glory o'er my ahfent lot. 
Yet fure I have more fpecial right to thee 
Than all the brutal hods of earth and fea ; 
That Sovereign, ar whofe government they bow, 
Is wholly mine by his eternal vow : 
My King to rule my heart, and que]! my foes, 1 
Jvly God t'extraft n^y well from prefnt woes, r 
And crown with endlefs glory at the cU>ie. J 

*Ver. 4. Bhffid are they that dwell in thy houjei 
they will be ftill praijing thee. 

O happy they that haunt thy houfe below, 
And to thy roy^l feofluary flow •; 
Not for itfelf but for the glouous One, 
Who there inhabits his ereclc<3 throne ! 
Others pafs by, but heie-ihy dwelling is; 
& happy people crowr/d wVh |?ays of blifs } 
Blefs'd with the ipkndid luitte ot '.is face, 
Blefs'd with the high melodious tovind of grace, 
That wakens foul.- into s fweei amaze. 
And turns their fpiriis 10 a ha-* of praife ; 
Which loudly makes the lower tempie ring 
With Hallelujahs to the mighty King : 
And thus they antedate the &o\>itr fong ^ 

Of that celeflhl and triumbhani throng, r 

Who warble notes of praife eternity along. J 

V tr.$.BleJJedis the mar? whofe (irtngth is in tiee: — 

What weights of blifs their happy [boulders load, 
Wliafc flrcngth lies treafur'din a potent God ? 

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t art IV. The Believer's Lodging. 245 

Self-drained fouls, yet flowing to the briro, 
Becauie void in themfeives, but full in him. 
Adam the firlfc difcufs'd their (lock of drench, 
The iVcond well retrieved the fum at length \ 
Who keeps't himfelf, a furer hand indeed, 
To give not as they lid, but as they need. 
When raging furies threaten fudden harms, 
He then extends his everlafling arms ; 
When Satan drives his poinred fiery darts, 
He gives them courage and undaunted hearts 
To quell his deadly force with divine fkili, 
And adds new rtrength to do their Sov'ieigu's wHl : 
When fore hpraiVd by fome outrageous luft, > 
He levelling its pow'r unto the duir, r 

Makes faints to own him worthy of their trufr. 3 

Ver. 6. In whofe hearts are the ways of them, 
ivko pajfing through the va ! ley of Baca, make it 
a well -, the rain alfo fillet h the pools. 

Such heav'n born fouls are rot to earth coafm'd 
Truth's high-way fills their elevated mind : 
They, bound for Zion, prefs with forward aim> 
As Ifr'eiH males to old Jerujahrn. 
Their holy path lies through a parched land, 
Through oppofirions numerous cn^ Qrard. 
Traverilng (corched defers, ragged rocks, 
And Baca's withered vole, like ihirlty flocks,, 
Yet with un'Laken vigour homeward go; 
Not mov'd by all oppufmg harms be low. 
They drggirig wells on this Gi.boa top, 
The vale of Ash^r yields a door of hope : 
For HeavVj in plenty docs their iabour crown 
By making (liver (how 'rs to trickle dow\>, 

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246 GOSPELSONNETS. 

Till empty pools imbibe a pleafant fill 
And weary fouls are heart'ned up the hi!!) 
By ma fly drops of joy which down diftill. 



i 



Verf. 7. They go from jlrength to Strength, every 
one of them in Zlon apptareth before Ged. 

Thus they, refreshed by fuperior aid, 
Are not defatigated nor difmay'd; 
Becaufe they are, O truth of awful dread- 
As potent as Jehovah in their Head. 
Hence they fhall travel with triumphant minds, 
In fpite of ragged paths and boifVrous winds. 
The rougheft ways their vigour ne'er abates, 
Each new aflTaulc their ftrength redintegrates. 
When they through rnortai blows feem to give o'er, 
Their flreagth by intermitting gathers more, 
And thus they* with unweary'd zeal endu'd, 
Still as they journey have their ftrength renew'd. 
So glorious is the race that once begun, 
Each one contends his fellow to outrun ; 
Till all uniting in*a glorious band, 
Before the Lamb's high throne adoring fland, 
And harp his lofty praife in Zion-hnd. 



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Verf. 8. Lord God of kefls, hear my pray'r ; give 
ear y God of Jacob. 

Great God of numerous hods, who reigns alone 
The fole poiTeiTor of th' impeml throne : 
Since mental tailescf thy delicious grace 
So (weedy reiifh in thy ho!v phce, 
This is the fubject of my tilled prayV, 
To have the viljon of thy glory dure. 
O let my cry pierce the ethereal frame, 
A$d mercy ? s echo follow tfown the lame* 

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Part IV. The Believer's Lodging. 247 

Omnifcient Being, favour my defirc, 

Hide not, thy goodnels ia paternal ire : 

"Why, thou had giv'n in an eternal band 

To Jacib and his \ctd thy royal hand, 

And promis'd, by thy faced deity, ^ 

His King and covenanted God to be; > 

Therefore my hopes are cemer'd ail in thee. J 

Ver. 9. Behold \ t) Ccd, our Jlntld, and hck upm 
the face of thine a pointed. 

Omnipotent, whofe armour none can widJ, 
Z/V/s great buckler and defenfive fliield ; 
Thy pure untainted eyes cannot behold 
Deformed mortals in their fmful moid. 
Unlets their name* be graved on the breaft 
Of Zions holy confecrated Prieft. 
When they his white and glorious garment wear, 
Then fin and guilt both wholly difappear ; 
Becaufe overwhelmed in the crimfon flood, 
And ocean of a dying Surety's blood : 
They alfo, veiled with his radiant grace, 
Reflect the luftre of his holy face. 
They're not therafelves now, but divinely trim ; 
For wholly what they are, they are in him; 
And hence Jehovah's all-difcerning eye 
Cannot in them efpy deformity. 
Then look on him, Lord, and in him on cis. 

Ver. 10. For a day in thy courts is better than a 
thou fund ; 1 had rather be a door-keeper in the 
hou/e of my God, than to dwell in the tents oj 
vjickednefs. 

May I poiTefs, as thy dotrjeftic child, 
The houfe that by Jehovah's name is ftyVi : 

M 4 For 



* 4 3 GOSPELSON N E T 3. 

For royal glories deck thofe courts of thine,. 

Vvhich with rnajeftie rays fo brightly inine, 

That fhonid my mind prefcnt an earth of gold, 

As full of \vorici!y joys r as earth can hold ; 

Sweet grace fo fills thy houfe, i'd grudge to fpare 

One moment here, for thoufand ages there. 

j\o earthly ofcjeA foal! my lo.ve confine, 

That Bring which po-ffeffes aft, is lintsp 

My ipirit therefore rather would embrace 

'I he meanefl office in his holy place, 

And by the threihold of his houfe within, 

Than (it in fplendor en a throne of fin. 

3n Jeps' courts Td chufe the lowell place, 

At his faints feet, fo 1 might fee his face, 

Yea, tho' my lamp of outward peace (hould bunO 

Jvioft brightly, yet 1 would inctfTant mourn, > 

"While in a wkktd Mejlch 1 fojourn. J 

Ter. I % . For the Lord God is a fun and fhield\ the 
Lord will give grace and glory ; no good thing 
will be with- hold front them that walk uprightly. 

For God the Lord, \vhbfe courts 1 love to haunt,' 
Is ev'ry thing that empty fouls can want ; 
A i\m for light, a ihidd for flrength ; yea more, 
On earth he gives his grace, in heav'p his glore. 
This radiant fun, of life and light the fource, 
Scatters the ihades by's circumambient courle ; 
Yea, guides bemifted fouls with heartfom beams, 
And gioricuiiy irradiaring gleams. 
This raaffy fhield is prSifh d bright with powV, 
for helping weakiingsin a perilous hour. 
Here's ail that weary travellers would have, 
A fun to cheriih, and a fhieid to lave. 
Grace alfo here is given t'aciorn the foul, 
And yield to glory in the heav'dy pole. 

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Part fV\ The Kdievers Lodging. 249 

All divine treafure to the faint is due ; 
Nothing's <feny'd, if truth itfelf be true. 
The treafure is fo vaft it can't be told ; 
Nothing that God can give will God with-hold. 
To whom he doth his faving grace impart, 
To them he gives himfelf, his hand, his hearty 
Uprightnefs too of heart and life does fall 
Unto their (bare, who having him, have all. 
In them the grace he gives, he ftill regards; 
Gives holineis, and then his gift rewards. 
For to his own upright and divine brood 7 

He': bound to grant ev'n all that's great and good, r 
By's own fure word, firm oath, and facred blocd. J 

Ver. 12. Lord of hofts, hltffeH is the man that 
trujleth in tBtft* 

O then Jehovah, God of armies flrong. 
To whom the pow'rs of earth and htav'n belongs 
How vaftly bleUcd is the fixed man, 
Who by a firm fiducial boldnefs cair, 
Through grace and (Irength difoenfed from above, 
So fweetly fcan the height of divine love, 
As to derive his comfort wholly thence, 
.And on this rock to found his confidence ? 
"Whole faith has rear'd up for a firm abode 
A flable building on a living God ? 
Who, fpoU'd of human props both great ma!!, 
Does ch ufe a triune Deity for all ■? 
What krroils of Wife are in this all "mroU'd, 
Is too fubiirne for feraphs to unfold 
Sift, human wifdom, in a deep amaze ! *) 

Let rapid floods cf life his glory raife, V 

Till time be drown'd in his eternal praife, J 

M 5 Exercffe 



2$q GOSPEL SONNETS. 

Exercife for the Believer in his Lodg- 
ing, fourfold. 

j. ¥h HOLT LAW. 

O R. 

fht Ten Commandment?, Exod. xx. 3. &c. 

'O God but rae thou (haft adore. 
No image frame to bow before. 

3. My holy name take not in vain. 

4. My facred fabbath don't profane. 

5. To parents render due refpect. 

6. All murder fhufc, and malice check. 

y. Fiom filth and whoredom bale abihm, 

8, From theft and all unlawful g-ain. 

9. Falfe witnefs flee, and flandVtng fpite. 
io, Kcr covet what's thy neighbour's right. 

2. The UNHOLY HEART the direft oppojiteH 
God's laiv, Rom. vii. 14. 

OR, 

The knowledge of fin by the law, Rom. Ill . 20. 

FY heart's to many gods a flave. 
Of imagery a hideous cave. 

3. An hoard of God-difhon'ring crimes. 

4. A wafter baft of holy times. 

5. A throne of pride and felf conceit. 

6. A fbughter-houfe of wrath and hate. 

7. A cage of birds and thoughts unclean. 

8. A den of thieves and frauds unfeen. 

9. fy 



Part IV, The Believer's Lodging. 25 1 

9. An heap of calumnies unfpent. 
10. A gulph of greed and difcontent. 

3. The GLORIOUS GOSPEL, 

R, 

Cbrifi the end of the law for righteoufnefs, Rom, x. 4. 

And the abfolute need of this remedy inferred from 
the premises. 

HEnce I conclude and clearly fee 
There's by the law no life for me 5 
"Which damns each foul to endlefs thrall, 
Whofe heart and life fulfils not all. 
"What (hall I do, unlefs for bail 
I from the law to grace appeal ? 
She reigns through Jefia right eoufnefe, 
Which giving juiiice full redrefs, 
On grace's door this motto grav'd, 
Let Jin be damr?d> and [inner 5 fav'd* 
O wifdom's deep myflerious way ! 1 

Lo, at this door I'll waiting ftay, f 

Till fin and hell both pafs away, J 

But in this blifs to (hew my part, 

Grant, through thy law grav'd in my heart, > 
My- life may (hew thy graving art. 3 

4. T/;e PRATER of FAITH. 

Which may be conceived in the following words 
of a certain Author. 

SUM tuns in vita, tuafunt mea funera, Ghrifk ; 
Da } precor, imperii fceptra tenere tui> 

M 6 Cur 



2j2 GOSPEL SONNETS. 

Cur etenim^ morienr, tot vulnera faeva tulifth 
Si non fum regni portio parva tut ? 

Cur rigido latuit tua vita ipciufa fepulchro, 
Si non eft me a mers morte fugata tua f 

Ergo mihi certam praeftes, Chrifle, falutem, 
Meque tuo latum /anguine , Ghrifte, juva. 

Which may be thus Englijhed : 

JefuSy I'm thine in life and death, 

Oh let me conquering hold thy throne. 

~Y\ hy (hard the crofs thy vital breath, 
if not to make me faare thy crown ? 

Why laid in jail of cruel grave, 
If *iot thy death from death me free ; 

Then, Lord, infure the blifs I crave, . s - 

SeiW \\ -ith try blood, and fuccour roe. 



GOSPEL 



GOSPEL SONNETS; 

O R, 

SPIRITUAL SONGS. 



PART V. 



The Believer; Soliloquy; 
efpecially in Times of Defer 7 ''ion , Temp- 
tat\ f m r Aj faction. 



SECT. r. 

'The defer ted believer longing for perfect freedom 
from fin. 

AH mournful cafe ! what can afford 
Contentment when an tibfcnt Lord 
"Will now his kindnefs neither prove 
By fmiles of grace, nor lines of love ? 

What heart can joy, what foul can fing>. 
"While winter over-runs the fpring ? 
I die, yet can't my death condole ; 
Lord, fave a dying, drooping foul. 

In pain, yet uaconcern'd. I live, 
And languifh when I (hould believe. 
Lord, if thou ceafe to come and flay^ 
J2y foml in fin will pine away 

Eft 



2 5 4 GOSPEL SONNETS. 

In fin, whofe ill no tongue can tell, 
To live is death, to die is hell : 
O fave, if not from thrall's arrefr, 
Yet hve me, Lord, from fin at leaft. 

This for his merit's fake I feek, 
Whofe blood and wounds do mercy fpeak % 
Who left the rank of glorious choirs, 
And heavenly flow'rs for earthly briers. 

Our Samfin took an holy nap 
Upon our feeble nature's lap : 
He wand'ring in a pilgrim's weed, 
Did tafte our griefs, to help our need, 

Earth's fury did upon him light : 
How black was Herod's cruel ipite \ 
"Who, to be fure of murd'iing one, 
Left he be fpar'd, did pity none! 

Hell hunts the babe a few days olcf, 
That came to rifle Satan's fold : 
All hands purfu'd him ev'n to death, 
That came to fave from (in and wrath. 

O mercy ! ignorant of bounds I 
Which ail created thought confounds;. 
He ran outright a faving race 
For them that unto death him chafe. 

O fin * how heavy is thy weight, 
That prefs'd the glorious God of mighty 
Till proftrate on the freezing ground, 
He fweat his clotted blood around ! 

His hand the ponderous globe does prop, 
This weight ne'er made him fweat a drop * 
But when fin's load upon him lies, 
lie falls apd fweats, and grones and dies. 



Pa?./ V. The Believer's Soliloquy. 2^5 

.Alas ! if God fink under fin, 
How (hall ihe man that dies therein ? 
How dteply down, when to the load 
He adds the flighted blood of God i 

Lord, let thy fall my rife obtain, 
Thy grievous (hame my glory gain j 
Thy crofs my lafting crown procure. 
Thy death my endlefs life infure. 

O fend me ( ] own a draught of love, 
Or take me hence to drink above; 
Here Maratis water fills my cup, 
But there all griefs are fwallow'd up. 

Love here is fcarce a faint defire, 
But there the fpark's a flaming fire. 
Joys here are drops thai palling flec^ 
But there an ever-flowing fca. 

My faith, that fees fo darkly here, 
Will there relign to vifion clear: 
My hope, that's here a weary groan, 
Will to fruition yield the throne. 

Here fetters hamper freedom's wing, 

But there the captive is a king : ^ 

And grace is like a bury'd feed, 

But finners there are faints indeed. 

My portion's here a crumb at beft, 
But there the Lamb'* eternal feaft ; 
My praife is now a fmother'd fire, 
But then I'll fing and never tire. 

Now dufky /hadows cloud my day, 
But then the (hades will flee away : 
My Lord will break the dimm'iRg glafs, 
Aad fhew his glory face to face. 

My 



256 GOSPEL SONNETS. 

My num'raus foes now beat me down, 
But then Til wear the vi&or's crown; 
Yet all th<? revenues >'j] bring 
To Ziori% everlaflingKing. 

SECT II. 

The defeated believer'/ prayer under complaints 
of unbelief \ darknefs. deadnefs, and bardnefs. 

\ 71" 7Hat means this wicked wandring -heart ?. 
V V This trembling ague of my foul ? 
Would Jtfus but a look impart, 

One look from him would make me whole. 
But will he urn to me hi? face, 

From whom he juitly did withdraw f 
To me who flighted all that grace 

I in my pail experience faw ? 

Lord, for thy promife fake return 

Apply thy pardnlng, cleanilng blcod ; 

Look down with pity on a worm, 
With cev'nant-mercy do me good. 

When thy free Sp'rir the word applies, 
And kindly tells me thou art mine. 

My faithlefs finking heart replies, 
Ah Lord 1 I with I could be thine. 

My faith's, fo Vighted in my doubts, 

I cart the offerd good away, 
And lofe by "railing vain difpiues, 

The wonted bleffings of the day. 

Was e'er one prefs'd v/iih fuch a load, 
Or piere'd with fuch an unfeen dart > 

To find at opce an abfent God, 
And yet/aJas ! a carelefe heart ? 



Part V. The Believer's Soliloquy. 2 §7 

Such grief as mine a grieflefs. grief, 

Did ever any mortal (hare? 
An hopdefs hope, a lifelefs fife, 

Or fuch unwonted carelefs carer* 

'Tis fad, Lord i when for night's folaee 
.Nor moon, nor Harry gleams appear ; 

Yet worfe, when in this difmal caie 
My heart is hard'ned from thy fear. 

Twas not becaufe no ihow'is did fiow 

Of heav'nly manna at my <loor ; 
Eut by my folly I'm into 
A worfe condition than before. 

Come, Lord, with greater pow'r ; for why. 
Mine,, fure, is not a common cafe ; 

Thou offcrTt to unvai] ; yet I 
Do fcarce incline to fee thy face. 

Such languid faint defires I feel 
Within this wicked fhipid heart; 

1 fhould, I would, but that I will 
J hardly dare with truth aflerr. 

to be free of that vile wrack, 

That bafely keeps me from my God *- 

1 flee from thee, Lord bring me back 

by tender Iotfe, or by thy rod. 

Id paths of righteoufnefs direft, 
New proofs of thy remiffion give ; 

Then ot thy name I'll mention make 
Wiih grateful piaifes while I live; 

On banks of mercy's boundlefs deep 
With Tweeter eafe 111 foar and fing, 
4 Than kings of feather'd bolls, that (weep 
The oozy ihore with eaiy wing. 

But 



:58 .GOSPEL SONNETS. 

But if thy mind omnifcient know 

I'm for this abfent blifs unfit, 
Give grace to hate my fins, and to 

Their righteous puniilimen: fubmit. 

But let me ne'er thy Spirit lack, 

That by his aid my pray'i s may come 

Before him, who can wiiely make 
Ev'n diftance lead his people home. 

Deep wifdoro can my foul prepare 

By prefect woes for abfent blifs. 
By scid griefs that now I fhare 

He can convey the joys I mifs. 

"Who all from nothing's womb difclos'd, 
Can make th' amazing product cc a fc $ 

With him our order is confus'd 

By him confufion brings forth peace. 

Then, Lord, ne'er let me bafely fpurn 
Againfl: thy fearchlefs unknown ways ; 

But magnify thy work, and turn 

My groans and murmurs into praife. 

Let me fubmifilve, while I live, 
Thy awful juftice own with fear : 

Yet penfive let me never grieve 
Thy tender mercy by dtfpair. 

Since though by ftn I foully fwerv*d, 

And lewdly from my glory .fell, 
I'm chafVned here, and not referv'd 

To feel the weight of fin in hell ; 
Thy high ri^ht hand's pnce joyful days 

in my diftrefs I'll call to mind ; 
And.own that all thy darkeA ways 

Will clearly prove thee good and kind. 

SEC T* 



Part V. The Believer's Soliloquy. 259 



SECT. III. 

JThe believer wading through deeps of defcrticn. 
and corruption. 

LORD, when thy face thou Hid'ft. 
And leav'ft fne long to plore, 
I faithlefs doubt of all thou did ft 
And wrought'ft for me before. 
No mirks of love I find, 

No grains of grace, but wracks ; 
No track of heav'n is left behind, 
No groan, no fmoaking flax, 

But fay if all the gufts 

And grains of love be fpenc, 
Say, Farevjel Chri]}, and welcome lufls \ 
Stop, (top, 1 melt, I faint. 

Lord, yet thou haft my heart, 
This bargain black 1 hate \ 
I dare not, cannot, will nor pare 
With thee at fuch a rate. 

Once, like a father good, 

Thou didft with grace perfume ; 
Waft thou a father to conclude 
With dreadful judge's doom i 

Confirm thy former deed, 
Reform what is defii'd ; 
I was, I am, I'll ftill abide 

Thy choice, thy charge, thy :h:W. 

Love-feal> thou didft impart* 
Lock'd up in mind I ha*, e ; 

Hell 



6o GOSPEL SONNETS. 

Hell cannot rafe out of my heart 

What Heav'n did tkcft nigra ve. 

Thou once didd make roe whole 
By thv almighty hand % 
Thou macTit me vow 2nd gift my foul;; 
Both vow and gift (ball itend. 

Bur fince my folly grofs 
My joyful cup did \p]\\, 
Make me the capa^t of thy crofs, 
Submiilive to thy will. 

Self in myfelf I hate, 

fiiatfs matter cf my groan ; 
Nor can J rid me from the mare 
That caufes me to moan. 

O frail, unconfiant fie(h I 
Soon trapt in every gin ; 
Soon turn'd, o'erturn'd, and foafreS* 
Plung'd in the gulph of fin. 

Shall I be flave to fin, 

My Lord's mod bloody foe I 
I feel its pow*rful fway within, 
How long fhall it be fo ? 

How long, Lord, (hall I (lay ! e 
How long in Mefech here I 
Diftion'ring thee from day to day, 
Whofe name's to me to dear? 

While fin, Lord, breeds my giief, 
And makes me fadly pine; 
With bhnks of grace O grant relief, 
Till beams of glory ihine. 



£ C T. 



ifAR/r V. The Believer's Solllcquy. 2$i 

SECT. IV. 

Complain! of fit, farrow > and ivmt of lave.. 
| 

IF black doom by defert fhould go, 
Then Lord, my due defert is death : 
Which robs from fouls immortal joy, 
And from their bodies mortal breath. 

But in fo greit a Saviour, 

Cm e'er fo bafe a worm's annoy 
Add any glory to thy powr, 

Or any gladnefs to thy joy ? 

Thou juftly rrayft me doom to death, 

And ever lading Mimes of lire : 
But on a wretch to pour tbjr wrath 

Can never fure be worth thine ire. 
Since Jcfus the atoncmervt was, 

Let tender mercy me rcleafe ; 
Let him be umpire of my om!e, 

And pafs the glad orne doom, of peace. 

Let grace forgive,, and love forget 

My bafe, my vile nvofe'y : 
And temper thy defcrved hate 

With love and mercy toward me. 

The ruffling winJs and raging blafts 
Hold me in confhnt crudchace; 

They break my anchors, fails and marts, 
Allowing no repofing place. 

The boill'rous feas with fvvelling floods 

On cv'ry fide againft me fight, 
Heav'n, overcaft with floiroy clcjds. 

Dims all the phaets guiding light. 

The 



<z6i GOSPEL SONNETS* 

The heliifh furies lie in wait 

To win my foul into their powV ; 
To make me bite at ev'ry bait, 

And thus my killing bane devouf • 
I lie incbain'd in fin and rhrsH, 

Next border unto black defpair ; 
Till grace-reftqre, and of my fall 

The doleful ruins all repair. 

My hov'nag thoughts would flee to gk>re, 

And neftle fafe above the fky ; 
Fain would my tumbling mip afhore 

At that fure anchor quiet lie. 

But mounting thoughts are haled down 
With heavy poife of corrupt load ; 

And blufTring (terms deny with frown 
An harbour of fecure abode. 

To drown the wight that wakes the Mail, 

Thy fin fubJuing grace afford ; 
The ftorm might ceaft, could i but caft 

This troublous Jonah over-board. 

Bafe fiefh, with fieflily plea fu res gained, 
Sweet grace's kindly fait declines; 

When mercy courts me for its friend, 
Anon my fordid flcth opines. 

Soar up, my foul, to Tabor bill, 

Caft off this lothfome prefiing load; 

Long is the date of thine exile, 

While abfent from thy Lord, thy God. 

Dote not on earthly weeds and toys, 
Which do not, cannot kit thy tafte: 

The flowrs of everlasting joys 
Grow up apace for thy repafL 

Slth 



Fart V. The Believer's Soliloquy/* . 263 

Si th that the gloiious God above 

In Jefus bears a love to thee ; 
How bale, bow brutiih'is thy love 

Or" any being lefs than lie ? 

Who for thy love did chufe thy grief, 

Conteni in love 10 live and die : 
"Who iov d thy love more than his life, 

And with his life my love did buy. 

Since then the God of richett love 
With thy poor love enamour'd is; 

How high a crime will thee reprove, 
If not enamour'd deep with his ? 

Since on the verdant field of grace 
His love does thine fo ho: purfue ; 

Let love meet love with chafte embrace, 
1 hy mite a thoufand-fold is due. 

Rife, love, thou early heav'n, and fing, 
Younjj little dawn of endlefs day ; 

I'll on thy mounting fiery wing 
In joyful raptures melt away. 

SECT. V. 

Th* defer ltd foul's prayer for the Lord's gracious 
and fin jubduing prefencc* 

Kind JtfuA come in love to me, 
And make no longer flay ; 
Or elfe receive my foul to thee., 
That breathes to be away. 

A Lazrr at thy gare I lie, 

As well it me becomes, 
For children's bread afharn'd to cry : 

O grant a dog the crumbs. 



264 GOSPEL SO N N E T S. 

My wounds and rags my need proclaim, 
Thy needful help infure : 

My wounds bear witnefs that I'm Lame, 
My rags that I am poor. 

Thou many at thy door doll feed 
With mercy when diftreft : 

O wilt thou not thew an alms-deed 
To me among the reft ? 

None elfe can give my foul relief, 
None elfe can eafe my moan, 

But he whofe abfence is my grief: 
All other joys be gone. 

V j\v can fceafe from fad complaint ? 

How can. I be at reft ? 
My mind can never me content 

To want my noble £ueft. 

E>rop down, mine eyes, mid never tire, 

Gcafe not on any terms, 
Until \ have my heart's delire, 

My Lord within mine arms. 

My heart, my hand, my fpirits fail, 
When hiding .off he goes ; 

My fleih. my foes, my lufts prevail, 
And work my daily woes. 

When (frail I fee that glorious fight 
Will all my fins deftroy ? 

That Lord of love, that lamp of light, 
Will banith all annoy ? 

O could 1 b^t from finning ceafe, 
And vviit on Pifgak*% hill, 

Until I fee him face to face, 

Then iho'uld my foul be Aill. 



Paxt V. The Believer's Sclilcquy. 265 

But fince corruption cleaves to roc 

While I in Kedar dwell ; 
O give me leave to long for thee, 

For abfence is a hell. 

Thy glory (hculd be dear to me, 

Who me fo dear has bought: 
O fave from rendering ill to thee 

For good which thou haft wrought. 

With fear I crave, with hope I cry, 

Oh promis'd favour fend ; 
Ee thou thyfelf, though changTmg I 

Ungratefully offend. 

Ov- of thy way remove the lets, 

Cleanfe this polluted den ; 
Tender my fuits, cancel my debts: 

Sweet Jefus } fay, Amen. 

SECT, VL 

Thefong tf heaven dt fired by faints en earth. 

AURORA vails her rofy face, 
When brighter Phoebus takes her pkee; 
So glad will grace refignher room 
To glory in the heav'nly home. 
Happy the company that's gone 
From crofs to crown, from thrall to fehror.e; 
How loud they h'ngupon the fhore, 
To which they fail'd in heart before ! 

BlefSd are the dead, yea, faith the word, 
7 bat die in Chrift the living Lord, 
And on the other fide of death 
Thus joyful fpend their praifing breath * 

N "Deatfe 



266 GOSPEL SO N NETS, 

" Death from all death has fet us free, 
" And will our gain for ever be ; 
" Death loos'd the mafty chains of woe, 
*' To let the mournful captiveb go. 

u Death is to us a fweet repofe ; 
" The bud wasop'd to (hew the rofe; 
** The cage was broke to let us fly, 
*' And build our happy neft on high. 

" Lo, here we do triumphant reign, 
w And joyful fing in lofty ftrain ; 
M Lo, here we reii, and love to be, 
11 Enjoying more than faith could fee. 

u The thousandth part we now behold, 
"By mortal tongues was never told j 
** We got a tafte, but now above 
*• Wc forage in the fields of love. 

u Faith once ftole down a diftantkifs, 
** Now love cleaves to the cheek of blifss 
•' Beyond the fears of more rntOiap 
£i We gladly reft in glory's lap. 

*• Earth was to us a feat of war, 

■*• In thrones of triumph now we are. 

64 We long'd to fee our Jtfus dear, 

t4 And fought him there, but find him here. 

u We walk in white without annoj>, 
4i In glorious galleries of joy ; 
c And crown'd with everlaftingbays, 
^ We rival Cherubs in their p*aife. 

No longer w r e compbin of wants, 
61 We fee the glorious King of faintfo 
" Amidft his joyful hofts around, 
4< With all the diune glory crowa'i 




P a r t V I, Tfa 'S.eBhkst 4 s Prilc'pJcS . zZ 7 

Weaknek perfeftion doth exclude, 
The la v is perfect, juft« and gooi (k) : 
Yet can it nothing per fed mike, 
But all the comers to it break (/). 
Strength to the gofpel does belong, 
Mighty through God ir is, and ftrong (w) : 
It to the law dr»th flrength emit, 
Yet 'tis the law gives ftrerigfh to it. 
The gofpel gx?c$ the law, f fee, 
Sufficient (trengih to juftify {n)\ 

I. Paul an apoftle of Jefus Chrift b the will of God, according to 
the promif- of lifr, which is in Chrift J fi;s. v. 10 — Our $aviooi 
Jefus Cnrift — hath abolithed death, and hath brought lite and im- 
mortality to lig'r, through the gofpel. 

(i) a C$r. ii. 16. Vo the one we are the favour of deith unto 
death, &c. 

(k) Pfal. cxix. p<J. I have fren an end of all perfection: hut thy 
commandment is exceeding broad. Rom. v ii n. SVIleJrcfor* the 
law is hoi , ; and the commandment holy, and juft, and good, deb, 
vit, 19 For the law made uothirg perfect, bin the bringing in of a 
better hope did ; by the which sve da-v nigh unto God 

(.') Heb. vii. to See letter (k.) Chap, x 1. For the law having 
a ilia iow cf good things to come, and not the very image of the 
things can never *ith thole facrificeS, w'.ich thev offered year by 
year continually, rmke the comers thereunto perfect. 

(»«) Rom. i. 16. For I am not athamed of the gofpel of ChrM- 
for it is the power of God unto falvation, to every one that btllev- 
eth to the Jew firft. and tTfb to the Greek, x l r x. 4. 5. For 
the weapons of our warfare are not carnal, but mighty through Got 
to the pulling dovvn of tlrong holds : carting down imaginations, 
and every high thing that exdteth iff If againft the knowledge of 
God, and bringing into captivity every thought to the obedience 
•f Chri(t. . 

(«) Rom. viii. 1 . There is therefore now no condemnation to them 
*>hich are in (Thrift Jcfus, who a!k not after the fiefh, but after 
the Spirit, v. 3, 4. For what the law could not do, in that it was 
weak through the flefh, God fending his o*n S r »n, in the likenefs of 
finful flcth, and for fin condemned in the fL(h : that the righteoufc 
nefi of the law might be fuelled in us, who waik not after the fiefb, 
but after the Spirit, 



288 GOSPEL SONNETS. 

Yet may I fay, in truth it is 
The law that gives the gofpel this (<?)• 
For as the law no firmer clears, 
But who the gofpel-garment wears; 
So none are jqftify'd by grace, 
Unlets the law-demand have place (p)< 
Again the law, which yet feems worfe, 
Gives gofpel-news condemning force (q) ; 
Ye r they are news that never can, 
IN or ever will condemn a man (r). 
Dread threat'nings to the law pertain 0), 
Mot to the gofptl's golden chain (r) : 

(o) Rom iii. 31. Do ve tlv n make void the law through faith ? 
Goti forbid : yea, we efohi-.th the law- Chap. x. 4. For Chrill is 
the end of the law for righteoulhefs to every one that believeth. 

(p) Jlcm iii. 19 jo, 2, 1, 2i. Now we know that what things fiv- 
ever the law faith, it faith to them who are under the law : thut c- 
very month may be rtopped, and all the world may become goilty 
before God Therefore by the deeds of the law, there mall no flefh 
be jufiified in his fight : fot by the law is the knowledge of (in. But 
now the right eonmefs of God wiihout the law is manifested, being 
witnefled by the law and the prophets ; even the righteoufnefs of 
God which is by faith of Jfus Chrift ur.ro all, and upon all them 
lhat believe : for there is no difference. Chip. v. 19-- By the obe- 
dience of one (hall many be made righteous, v. 11. — Grace reigns 
through righteoufnefs unto eternal life, by Jefns Chiift our Lord. 

(?) 7 € ^ n '"• '^' ^ e lnat Dc » evetn °n hh t is not condemned : 
t>ut he that bel'eyetb not, is condemned already, becaufe he hath 
not believed in trie name of the only K ego t ten Son of God. 

(r) Luke ii. io, 11. And the angel faid unto them [the fhep* 
ticrds], Fear not; for behold J bring you good tid'ngs of great 
|oy, which (hall be to all people. For unto you is born this day, 
in the city of David, a Saviour, which is Chrift the Lord. Jcbn 
B i. 17. For God fent not his Son into the world to condemn the 
world ; but that the world through him might be faVed. Chap. xii. 
47. And if any man hear my words, and believe not, I judge bin 
sot , for I came not to judge the wcrld, but to favc the world. 

(j) Qui. iii. 10. For as many as are of the works of the l<*w, are 
tfifrr lb* curie,; for it » unite*, Curfcd it every one that conti- 
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Part VI. The Believer's Principle** 2S9 

Yet all law-threats and Sina?$ ire 
To gofpel-grace are walls of fiie («). 

The righteous h v aiToiJeth none 
Of Adairi% guilty race, fave one (v) ; 
Who being guilty, foe this canfe 
By God's juit law condemned was (•#). 

Yet free of guilt it did hi n fee ; 

Hence fully clear'd and let him free (*) : 

eoeth not in all things which are written in the book of the law to 
fo t em. 

(i) A8i xiii. i<5. Men and brethren, children of the (lock of fr 
Vah am. aud whomever among you feareth God t to you is the 
word of thisfalvation fent. 

(u) Mark xvi. 1©". He that believeth not, (hall be damned. 

tiib. it. 3 How fhall we cfcape if we neglect fo great falvation ■ 
<hap. x 10* , 17, a 8, 19 to fc//Vr (6) for eat ed. 

(v) Rom v. 19. For as by one man's difobedience many were 
made finners : fo by the obedience of one (hall many be m3de righ- 
teous. John xvii. 4. I have glorified thee on the earth ; I have fi- 
lmed the work which thou gaveft me to do. 

(w) If. iiii. 6\ — The Lord hath laid on him the iniquity of us aJ|. 
€al. iii. 13. Chrift hath redeemed us from the curfe of the law, be- 
ing made a curfc for us : for it is written, Curfed is every one that 
hangeth on a tree. 

\x) Heb. vii. jo*. For fuch an high prieft became us, who is ho- 
ly, harm left, undefiled, feparatc from finners, and *iade higher 
than the heavens. Dan ix. 14. Seventy weeks are determined 
upon thy people, and upon thy holy city, to finifh the tranf^rtfli- 
on, and to make an end of fins, and to make reconciliation for ini- 
quity, and to bring in everlattirg righteoufntfs, and to feal up tl e 
viliou and prophecy, and to anoint *he moil holy. 1 Tim. iii 10*. 
And without controverfy, great is the myllcry of godlineft : God 
was manireft in the flefh, jufhfied in the Spirit, feeo of angrte 
Jjreachtd unto the Gentiles, believed on in the world, received up 
into giory. Rom. n. 13. For not the hearers of the law are jn{| 
before God. but the doers of the law fhall be juilificd. If. 1. 8. H« 
is near that juftifi&th me, who will contend with me ? let us ftard 
together . who is mine adversary ? let hiro come near to me. 

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Yet, had not guilt his foul involved, 
By law he could not been ahloiv'd (y). 
But he withal condemn'd and fpoiPd 
The law cf works, which him a$aiVd'(z) : 
And now the law is (in thefe views) 
The marrow of the gofpel-r.ews (a) $ 
The law can juflify no man 
That is a firmer (J?) ; yet it can 
Thus favour iinful men and free 
The chief of sinners, guilty me (0- 

(y) i Cor. v. it. God hath made Ghrift to he fin for us, ' wha 
knew no fin ; that we might be made the righteoufnefs of God in 
him. i Pet. iii 18. Chrift hath once fuflered for fins, the jolt for 
(he unjuft, (that he might bring us to God, being put to death in 

the flelh, but. quickened by the Spirit. 

(z) Col. ii. 14, 15. Blotting out the hand-writing of ordinances 
that was again ft us, which was contrary to us, and took it out of 
the way, naming it to hiscrofs: and having Spoiled principalities and 
powers, he made a {hew of them openly, triumphing over them 
in it, Rom. viii. 3. For what the law could Ret do, in that it was 
weak through the fk-fh. God (ending his ovrn Son in the likenefs 
of finful flefi, and for fin condemned fin in theflefh. 

(<?) Horn x. 4. For Chriii is the -end of the law fpr righteoufnefs 
to every one that bclkvetb. If. adv. 14. Surely, (hail one {ay, in 
the Lord have 1 righteoufnefs and ihcngib. Jer. xxiii <5. In his 
cavs Tudah ft: all be faved, and Uriel Chall dwell faftiy : and this 
is rename whereby be (halt be caikd, THE LORD OUR 
1UGHTEOUSNES S, 

(h) Row. iii. 10, 20. Now we know that what things foever the 
law iahh, it faith to them who are unUer the law : that every mouth 
may be [Topped, arid all the world may become guilty before GoJ. 
Therefore, by- tbc deeds of the law, there fliull no lie (h he juilifkd 
in his fi;v ; t: for by tie UM is the knowledge of fin 

(c) The law of ivcrk< as fu'fil.ed by Lh> tfi can and doe* Jo. Rom, viii. 
3, 4. For what the law Couii not do, in that it was wea*. t; rough 
ihe rlJh, God Cnding his -own Son, in the likenefs of finful fL-lb, 
and for fin condemned *hn in the fkfh : that the righteouineb oi the 
law might be fulfilled in us who walk not after the fleih but after 
the Spirit, v. 33, 34. W ho fta!l lay any tling to the charge of God's 
ektl ? It is God that juftifieth ; who is he that condcameth ? Jt is 

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We leave the wak'ned finner's hope 
In darkncfs of defpair to grope. 

The man whom legal preceprs chafe, 
As yet eftrang'd to fov'reign grace, 
Mi -taking evangelic charms, 
As if they flood on leg ^1 terms. 

Looks to himfelf, though dead in (In, 
For grounds offaich and hope within: 
Hence fears and fetters grow and fweil, 
Since nought's within but fin and hell. 

Bnt faith that looks to promis'd grace, 
Clean out ofTelf the foul will cha'e, 
To Chrijl for righreoiifnefs and ftrengtbj 

And find the joyful red at length. 

Fro*:: J flefh and blood will Hi r tie here, 
And hardly fuch report can bear, 
That Heavn all faving ftore vvllfgive 
To them that luork not, but Mieve* 

Yer not of works, but 'tis the r:ce 
Of faith 1 that it fnay he of grace : 
For fpidl does nothing but agree 
To welcome this falvation free. 

" Come down, Zaccheus, quickly come, 
H Salvation's brought unto thy home: 
u In vain thou climb'it the legal tree, 
11 Salvation freely comes to thee. 

u Thou dre2nVit of coming up to terms, 
" Come down into my feyittg arms; 
14 Down, down, and get a pardon free, 
** On terms already wrought by me. 

''•Bthold the bleffingsof my blood, 
' Bought for thy everlafting good, 

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u And freely all to be conve3/ed 
,e Upon the price already paid. 

" I know thou haft: no good and fee, 
** I cannot ftand on terms with thee, 
u Wjtiofe fall has left thee nought to clarro 
u Nor aughr to boaft bac fin and fhame." 

The law of heavy hard commands 
Confirms the vvak'ned firmer 's bands; 
But grace proclaims relieving news, 
And fcenes of matchlefs mercy fne ws. 

- No precept clogs the gofpel ca!!, 
But wherein grace is all in all ; 
No law is here but that of grace, 
Which brings relief in evYy cafe. 

The gofpel is the prornife fair 
Of grace all ruins to repair, 
And leaves no finner room to fay, 
u Alas ! this debt 1 cannot psy ; 

" This grievous yoke I cannot bear, 
u This high demand I cannot clear. " 
Crsce flops the mouth of fuch complaints, 
And (lore of full fupply prefents. 

The gloilous gofpel is (in brief) 
A fov'reign word of fweet relief; 
Not ciogy/d with cumber fom commands, 
To bind the foul's receiving hands. 

'Tis joyful news of fovVeign gracr, 
1 hat reiens in irate tkrcuoh righteoufnefe, 
To ranfom from all threatening ivots B 
And anfwer all commanding dos : 

This gofpel comes with help indeed, 
Adapted unto finncrs need. 



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